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September 4, 2013

AdvaMed Statement on KL "Train the Trainers" Session at APEC Meeting

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The following statement was released by Christopher White, senior executive vice president and general counsel at AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, in response to the successful conclusion of the APEC ethics training session:

“For more than three years, the medical device and diagnostics industry has been very proud to work with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to advance our shared goal of improving ethical standards of healthcare interactions everywhere.

“We are pleased to support this public-private partnership among industry and the region's trade, health ministers and other governmental authorities to support an environment where medical decision making is in patients’ best interests. In addition, voluntary codes of ethics significantly benefit APEC economies by providing a platform for effective industry self-regulation. They benefit businesses, especially resource-constrained small- and medium-sized companies, by providing clarity and harmonization in rules and practices as well as allowing firms to compete across the region at a reduced cost.

“We applaud the conclusion this week’s highly successful ‘train the trainers’ session held in Kuala Lumpur which resulted in medical technology companies and government agencies working together to train ethics professionals.”

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