Two major European medtech industry groups, the European Diagnostic Manufacturer’s Association and Eucomed, have voted to dissolve their associations and operate under a single entity, MedTech Europe, which is beginning operation immediately.
The 2 associations have collaborated for 4 years previous to the combination, which they said was the “final step” in their partnership.
“The new MedTech Europe truly crystallises what the medical technology industry stands for: bringing life-changing technologies to patients. MedTech Europe is the only European trade association representing the medical technology industry from diagnosis to cure. We are now in a stronger and unique position to contribute to EU debates on solutions for patients and health systems across the whole continuum of care. That is what patients, policy makers and healthcare providers expect from us and what we will deliver on,” MedTech Europe chair Rob ten Hoedt said in prepared remarks.
“MedTech Europe will provide constructive and essential input to any European debate around healthcare, given that our industry looks at the entire healthcare ecosystem and the full patient pathway. MedTech Europe will continue to provide its diagnostic and device domains with core specific services and expertise. At the same time, we now have even more reasons and resources to become further engaged in forward-thinking healthcare themes, including digitalisation and disruptive technologies such as 3D printing and integrated healthcare,” CEO Serge Bernasconi said in a prepared statement.
“I’m really excited that EDMA and Eucomed have decided to take this step forward. I am confident that being fully integrated, we have the width needed to be a major contributor to address current and future challenges in European healthcare. At the same time we will be able to keep our focus on the specificities of each of the industry segments we represent, when needed. We are now uniquely equipped for the future,” vice chair Jürgen Schulze said in a press release.