Our Priorities International

International Collaborations

International Collaborations

International regulator, standards and policy-making bodies play a central role in shaping global healthcare. MedTech Europe engages with stakeholders and decision-makers around the world on issues of common interest.

MedTech Europe works closely with global organizations whose activities affect the medical devices and IVDs sectors, including:

  • International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF)which gathers key regulatory bodies with the aim of facilitating the global harmonization and convergence of rules on medical devices. Harmonization and convergence can help both patients and manufacturers by way of ensuring that basic test standards are the same wherever in the world they are deployed.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) which is developing policies to tackle chronic and infectious diseases, manage outbreaks and improve access to diagnostics, as well as setting key standards and guidelines to health policy and develop health systems. The WHO also manages the Prequalification of Diagnostics programme (HIV, Malaria, TB)
  • Expert Committee on Biological Standardization (ECBS) which feeds information from low-resources to high-resource countries on major illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and cardiovascular disease. This information is valuable to the diagnostics industry as it results in the development of international standards for key diseases.
  • UNITAID which uses innovative financing to increase funding for greater access to treatments and diagnostics for HIV/AIDSmalaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries.
  • UNICEF which is specialised in HIV diagnosis in children and neonates.
  • Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics(FIND) which focuses on HIV, Tuberculosis, Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Leishmaniasis and Chagas Diseases (American Trypanosomiasis).
  • Global Fund which focuses on AIDS, TB and Malaria, and as a specific diagnostic programme
  • Fondation Mérieux which is active in the area of infectious diseases.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières on HIV, TB, tropical diseases.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Clinton Foundation
  • PEPFAR – United States Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (AIDS)

International partners

Working at the international level is a cooperative initiative, cooperation with other associations around the world is crucial to share expertise and ensure an optimal use of resources. This is done both through specific alliances and through bilateral discussions with the Global Medical Technology Alliance (GMTA) and the Global Diagnostics Alliance (GDA).

MedTech Europe also collaborates closely with its regional counterparts in countries with a strong manufacturing base in Medical Technology, in particular with the US (AdvaMed & AdvaMedDx), Japan (JFMDAJACRI & JAIMA), South Africa (SAMED), Middle East and North Africa (MECOMED), Turkery (ARTED) and Russia (IMEDA).