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IMDRF inaugural meeting, 28 February - 1 March 2012
Good progress and a commitment to advancing regulatory convergence and public health marked the inaugural International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) meeting, which took place in Singapore on 28 February to 1 March 2012. Regulators from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States of America were joined by regulatory observers from China and the Russian Federation and the World Health Organization for the purpose of putting the new Forum into operation and planning the transition of several key items from the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). The meeting included an Open Session, in which, over 100 interested stakeholders, from industry, academia, health care professionals, consumer and patient groups, participated. The Forum's chair, Dr Larry Kelly, conveyed a number of key messages, including the value of GHTF documents, the importance of establishing strong partnerships with affiliate organizations, a commitment to transparency, and the vital role of industry and other vested stakeholders will play in contributing to the development of new work items and success of the new Forum.
Ongoing meetings of the IMDRF management committee
Two face to face meetings are held each year with representatives from each member jurisdiction in attendance. These meetings are also supported by one or two teleconference meetings per year. The hosting responsibilities, including provision of a Chair and secretariat support, is rotated among member countries.
The meeting outcome statements provide a more detailed description of the meetings and can be viewed at: www.imdrf.org.