EDMA and Eucomed join forces to create European industry federation
17 January 2012
Brussels, Belgium. EDMA, the European Diagnostic Manufacturers
Association, and Eucomed, the European medical technology industry
association, have announced that they will join forces to form a
European industry federation, though each will remain independant.
The move aims to enhance the recognition of their joint
membership at European level and make them uniquely positioned to
address common issues of interest and provide stakeholders with a
comprehensive view on the latest technological advances and
The creation of a European industry federation builds on the
longstanding relationship between the two associations and aims to
form the basis for even greater cooperation to ensure the place of
IVDs and medical technology at the forefront of twenty-first century
healthcare and healthcare policy.
To accomplish this goal, the two associations are seeking to
employ a joint Chief Executive to head the federation and drive
forward future activities by defining a new organisational strategy.
The associations will remain organised as two separate and distinct
legal entities. The industry federation’s membership is open to
other European associations operating in the medical industry.
After the departure of EDMA Director General Philippe Jacon in
October 2011, EDMA is currently being led by Dr. Volker Oeding ad
interim. Luciano Cattani is Chief Executive ad interim of Eucomed
since January 17, taking over the role from John Wilkinson, who had
already announced he would leave the post last year.
“We have come together today to further strengthen the ties
between our associations and to enhance the effectiveness of the
healthcare industry by providing our joint contribution to public
health and research policies in Europe,” EDMA President Dr. Jürgen
Schulze explained. “This relationship will take our coordination,
collaboration and alignment of information and policies on mutually
important issues to a new level.”
As priority issues for the federation, the two associations have
identified, inter alia, the need to further their close cooperation
with regulators and policy makers on the upcoming revision of the
legal framework for medical devices, which needs to be adapted to
the specifics of new and emerging technologies.
“Establishing a European industry federation makes perfect sense
not only to our members but also to the outside world. Being able to
speak with one industry voice increases the clarity for our
stakeholders and enables the federation to more effectively drive
value-based innovation in the industry, which in turn will lead to
more sustainable healthcare systems” said Eucomed Chairman Guy