Directorate General Health & Consumers
Enhancing competitiveness is one of the key objectives of the European Commission. Accordingly, our services are in permanent contact with industry associations in order to verify what can be done to facilitate the activities of enterprises and to ensure that the high growth rates to be observed in the medical devices sector can be maintained.
The medical device industry today is in very good shape and is one of the most innovative sectors with an average lifecycle of only 18 months before an improved product becomes available.
An exploratory process on the future of the medical devices sector has been put in place over the second semester 2009 to map the existing public health and industrial challenges in the sector and investigate possible topics of reflection at the European level. This process will provide for industry, users, and consumers of medical devices with an opportunity to share existing challenges.
For further information on the Medical Devices industry, you can access to the websites of the representative trade associations in Europe:
- The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR)
- The European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA)
- The Voice of the medical technology industry in Europe (EUCOMED)
- The European precision mechanical and optical industries (EUROM VI)
- You will find more details and statistical data via the following link: Competitiveness - Facts and figures