ASEAN Meeting on Medical Devices

The Medical Device Product Working Group of the ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality held a meeting from July 30 to August 2, 2007 to discus various topics and strategies to increase harmonization of medical device regulations across the ASEAN countries. This was the 6th meeting so far. Objectives included improving medical equipment management through a post-marketing alert system to the Common Submission Dossier Template.

The ASEAN member countries agreed to establish a regulatory infrastructure to promote the access and use of medical technology. In addition, the meeting also discussed future areas for cooperation among the ASEAN countries, such as health insurance issues and healthcare providers.

The ASEAN countries consist of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.