Global challenges

Through our advocacy efforts, technical expertise, and holistic approach, MedTech Europe actively engages on many different international issues of relevance for the medical technology sector, including:

  • Market access: we advocate attractive funding, pricing, and reimbursement policies help medical technologies roll out onto international markets;
  • Trade issues: we seek fair business terms in international territories, with fewer tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in medical devices and IVDs;
  • Regulatory issues: we promote regulatory reforms that are in line with international norms, avoiding unnecessary delays in access for patients to innovative technologies;,
  • International health policies: we work with agencies like the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help develop clear, common guidelines for the use of medical technologies; and
  • Ethical conduct: we promote and help to implement the principles of ethical business practices across the world. 
Position paper

European Unique Device Identification Database (EUDID)

Unique Device Identification will become a mandatory requirement for medical devices over the next few years. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put in place legislation for identifying and tracking Medical Devices. The European Commission has released proposed legislation for the same purpose which will be finalised and come into effect over the next few years. In addition to this the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) has recently released guidance notes on this subject.