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Jon Dobson
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February 4, 2015

Global Medical Technology Alliance Gains WHO Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ralph F. Ives, executive vice president, global strategy and analysis, of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), today released the following statement upon approval of the Global Medical Technology Alliance (GMTA) as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We appreciate WHO recognition of the GMTA as an official NGO as a very important step that will enhance the GMTA’s ability to collaborate with the WHO. The GMTA, an alliance of 24 medical technology associations from around the world, was created by AdvaMed, Eucomed, MTAA, MEDEC and others to help ensure patient access to safe, effective and innovative medical technologies.

“WHO policies can influence a wide range of health care-related activities in countries around the world, including regulatory and reimbursement practices, intellectual property protections, disease preparedness campaigns, and other matters. NGO recognition allows the GMTA to participate officially in WHO activities and gives the medical technology industry a voice in global policies that can help improve patient care worldwide.”

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AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.