ASEAN industry members assembled in the Philippines in January 2008 to announce committee members of the new ASEAN Medical Device Industry Association (AMDIA).
AMDIA is focused on representing the common regulatory interest of the medical device industry in ASEAN. It will also be committed in promoting an optimal regulatory environment for the continued development of the medical device industry. This new association will also help facilitate ASEAN harmonization initiatives through communications with local regulators and effective dissemination of information to industry members.
Other objectives for AMDIA include partnerships with ASEAN regulators and establishing regulatory convergence in ASEAN. In addition, AMDIA will carry out detailed work activities or deliberate on technical issues to provide recommendations to the ACCSQ MDPWG (ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality – Product Working Group on Medical Device).
On January 23, 2008, AMDIA Committee members were announced for Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
AMDIA Committee members will meet twice a year to coincide with ACCSQ MDPWG scheduled meetings. AMDIA is currently working on procedures for general membership, confidentiality issues, websites for posting of documents, and determining key areas for cooperation.