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Wanda Moebius
June 20, 2013

Medical Technology Industry Applauds Announcement to Start US EU Trade Negotiations

Washington, D.C. – Today, the leading global medical technology industry associations AdvaMed, COCIR, MITA and MedTech Europe (the alliance of European medical technology industry associations EDMA and Eucomed) applaud the announcement to launch trade negotiations between the United States and European Union.

During a press conference in Northern Ireland Monday in advance of the opening of the G8 Summit, President Barack Obama, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will start in July. All four leaders have made clear that TTIP is a priority and are confident that a trade deal will ultimately be reached.

“The transatlantic medical device community welcomes today’s announcement, and will continue to work with regulators and trade negotiators on both sides of the Atlantic to promote increased safety, quality and access to life-saving medical technologies,” said Nicole Denjoy, Secretary General of COCIR.

“The industry applauds efforts to begin the TTIP talks. TTIP will not only promote economic growth in the US and EU, but it also will help to improve patient outcomes worldwide by improving patient access to the latest innovative technologies,” said Stephen J. Ubl, President and CEO of AdvaMed

AdvaMed, COCIR, MITA, and MedTech Europe have been working for several months to urge US and EU authorities to work toward the inclusion of single audits of medical device quality systems, a common set of harmonized standards for marketing application and compliance documentation, a unique device identification program, elimination of tariffs and improvements in trade and customs facilitation in the final agreement.

“We enthusiastically support this opportunity, and look forward to concrete developments in the coming months that will further enhance our transatlantic economic relationship, which already accounts for nearly one trillion dollars in trade and supports millions of jobs to which David Cameron noted today that TTIP has the potential to create an additional two million new jobs,” Serge Bernasconi, Chief Executive Officer of MedTech Europe.

“We are hopeful that this deal will not only to expand trade and investment between the US and EU, but also improve the global regulatory environment for manufacturers to ensure they remain at the forefront of technological innovation,” noted Gail Rodriguez, Executive Director of MITA."