Device industry bodies add support to transatlantic partnership

The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) and the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) are supporting U.S. President Barack Obama's call for discussions around a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union (EU).

In his State of the Union address on 12 February and in a joint statement with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Obama said he plans to initiate the procedures necessary to launch negotiations on the partnership.

MITA and COCIR are working together to urge U.S. and EU authorities to include single audits of medical device quality systems, a common set of harmonized standards for marketing application and compliance documentation, as well as a unique device identification program in the final trade agreement.

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