Welcome!

.NET Authors: Peter Silva, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Adine Deford, Jim Kaskade

News Feed Item

International Medical Device Conference in Taiwan Sets Three Records

The biggest event ever in Taiwan's medical device regulatory conference

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health, Executive Yuan is hosting a series of international events on medical devices from the 2nd of November to the 8th of November. Events include the "17th Asian Harmonization Working Party Annual Conference", "2012 APEC-AHC-AHWP Joint Workshop on Medical Device Combination Products" and "2012 APEC Advanced Workshop of Good Review Practice on Medical Products". Taiwan's medical device industry has been booming in recent years and the Executive Yuan has included medical devices as one of the key areas of development for the domestic biotechnology industry. The Executive Yuan seeks to enhance the global competitiveness of domestic manufacturers and help the domestic industry actively gain a foothold in the global market with its "Taiwan Biotech Take-off Diamond Action Plan" for the biotechnology industry. In response to the global harmonization of medical device regulation, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has been building a regulatory environment for medical devices that is in line with international standards. It participates actively in the international harmonization organizations for medical device regulation and seeks to host large-scale international conferences to promote transnational integration of resources and the exchange of experiences. Up to now, there have been over 400 attendees coming from 27 countries. The series of events to be held will set three records in Taiwan's medical device industry -- the largest number of participating countries, the largest number of participating officers from regulatory authorities around the world and the largest number of registration from foreign attendees. This brings immense honor to the Division of Medical Devices and Cosmetics at the TFDA. The division is in charge of the administration of industry regulations on medical devices in Taiwan as well as organization of the events.

Key participants of the events include Mr. Mike Ward, chairman of the APEC Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee (RHSC) and Manager of International Programs Division at Health Canada, Dr. Saleh S Al Tayyar, chairman of the Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP), Mr. Jeffrey Gren, director of the Office of Health and Consumer Goods, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Mr. Laurent Selles, head of the Cosmetics and Medical Devices Unit, Directorate-General Health and Consumers, European Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Baker from Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, UK, Mr. Kentaro Azuma from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Mrs. Joanna Koh from Health Sciences Authority, Singapore, Mr. Guobiao Gao from the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of the People's Republic of China, and other representatives of regulatory authorities on medical devices from various countries and regions. Dr. San-Cheng Chang, Minister without Portfolio from Taiwan's Executive Yuan, Dr. Huihua Chiang, executive secretary of the Office of Science and Technology of Taiwan's Executive Yuan and Wen-Ta Chiu, Minister of Department of Health will also be gracing the events.

Industry representatives who will be attending the events include Dr. Brian Snyder and Dr. Kulwant Saini, vice presidents of Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, Mr. Michael Gropp and Dr. Geraldine Finn, vice presidents of Medtronic from the US, Mr. Arthur Brandwood, CEO of Brandwood Biomedical from Australia and Ms. Siriphan Emrungroj, senior consultant at Thai Medical Device Technology Industry Association.

In addition to discussions on the progress of work of AHWP's policy and technical committee, the events will also see invited representatives of health authorities from various countries, representatives of international medical device organizations and industry experts assuming the role of trainers/lecturers on industry regulations. They will discuss clinical assessment, quality management systems, regulatory control of listed companies, medical device software control and other topics. They will also conduct a workshop in conjunction with APEC on medical device combination products. Advanced courses will also be conducted on the standards for review operations. This series of event will be one of the most important international events on medical device regulations in Asia in 2012. By participating in the activities, industry participants from Taiwan can interact with representatives of regulatory authorities and medical device entrepreneurs from around the world and establish channels of communication with respect to industry regulations, as well as promote global R&D manufacturing and marketing cooperation.

AHWP, a voluntary nonprofit organization, comprises of representatives of regulatory authorities and industry experts from 23 member countries across Asia, Arab states of the Persian Gulf and South America. It seeks to study and put forward ways to harmonize laws and regulations on medical devices in Asia and work with international organizations such as the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to develop regulatory requirements, procedures and standards on medical devices, to promote harmonization of global laws and regulations on medical devices.

Established in 2002, the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF) comprises of representatives of regulatory authorities and industry experts from 21 member countries in the Asia Pacific region. It seeks to bring together government and industry representatives and academia in member countries to jointly promote life sciences innovation so as to support human health in the Asia-Pacific region.

An organization under the APEC LSIF, the APEC Harmonization Center (AHC) mainly promotes the harmonization of pharmaceutical regulations and it has successfully conducted activities, discussions and training courses on 11 related laws and regulations for products.

While TFDA works closely with international organizations such as APEC and AHWP toward global harmonization of medical device regulation, it is also making consumer centered regulatory reforms, domestically, to better ensure medical device safety and efficacy.  Since its establishment, TFDA has always served as the 'gate-keeper' for medical device users, emphasizing on premarket evaluation. However, TFDA is taking a new direction to speed up pre-market evaluation and accelerate product to market timeframe, while enhancing post-market regulations. The implementation of Summary Technical Documentation (STED) and Good Review Practice (GRP) will help shorten the time for pre-market review, while plans to construct Total Product Life Cycle (TPLC) of the medical devices, strengthen and enhance illegal medical device inspection and reinforce post-market surveillance. To further ensure medical device safety and efficacy, TFDA has adopted ISO 13485: 2003 and started to establish risk-based inspection system to determine the priority and frequency of the quality system inspection of manufacturers.  Lastly, regulation on the distributor will also be implemented through the establishment of Good Distributor Practice (GDP) to ensure the consistency of medical device quality.  These reforms will not only allow better regulatory efficiency, but most importantly, better protect the health of medical device users.

The international conference and workshops will also promote the harmonization of their medical device management systems with the rest of the world and help participants of the biomedical industry gain an understanding of the laws, regulations and supervisory requirements of various countries, so that they are in a better position to overcome obstacles in other countries in terms of technical documents. They will help industry players in Taiwan explore the global market and market their brands throughout the world.

Media Contact:

Grace Chao
Tel: +886-932-068-081 / +886-2-2708-2678-13
Email: [email protected]

SOURCE Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

Focused on this fast-growing market’s needs, Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS), a leading provider of IC solutions to advance "Ethernet Everywhere" in Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks, introduced its IStaX™ software (VSC6815SDK), a robust protocol stack to simplify deployment and management of Industrial-IoT network applications such as Industrial Ethernet switching, surveillance, video distribution, LCD signage, intelligent sensors, and metering equipment. Leveraging technologies proven in the Carrier and Enterprise markets, IStaX is designed to work ac...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
C-Labs LLC, a leading provider of remote and mobile access for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the appointment of John Traynor to the position of chief operating officer. Previously a strategic advisor to the firm, Mr. Traynor will now oversee sales, marketing, finance, and operations. Mr. Traynor is based out of the C-Labs office in Redmond, Washington. He reports to Chris Muench, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Traynor brings valuable business leadership and technology industry expertise to C-Labs. With over 30 years' experience in the high-tech sector, John Traynor has held numerous...
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
The 3rd International @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold. Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Pa...
Smart devices that use wireless technology to exchange information with each other and with their human owners: this is the Internet of Things (IoT). This incredible level of connectivity is already transforming how we exercise, treat diseases, park our cars and access business documents. Research firm IDC projects that the IoT world of connected devices will grow to 200 billion objects by 2020. As more businesses, entrepreneurs and government entities embrace the IoT, more data will be generated daily than the already mind-boggling 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day. However, even curren...
The Industrial Revolution in the 18th to 19th centuries was a period during which predominantly rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban. Advances in steam technology, transportation, mass production and the telegraph collectively transformed industry and society. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to once again transform industry and society just as the Industrial Revolution did. Analyst firm IDC forecasts that the IoT market will grow to $8.9 trillion by 2020 with anywhere between 30 to 50 billion connected autonomous things, making the potential g...
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world. The next @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. Since its launch in 2008, Cloud Expo TV commercials have been aired and CNBC, Fox News Network, and Bloomberg TV. Please enjoy our 2014 commercial.
From a software development perspective IoT is about programming "things," about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Yakov Fain, co-founder of Farata Systems and SuranceBay, will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into the workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Located in booth #314, the Bsquare team will present DataV demos and discuss how DataV will help customers put their data to work to improve business outcomes. DataV is unlocking new initiatives across a wide landscape of customers in industries such as industrial manufacturing, transportation, retail and mobile. The solution is designed to complement a new project start or help to enrich an existing machine investment.
The Physical Web incorporates beacons that can be put in any small retail store, for example, so that every store now has "an app" for its customers. In this Birds-of-a-Feather session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Scott Jenson, Product Designer at Google, will discuss the Physical Web and how it is an open standard so any device can broadcast a URL wirelessly, so any phone/tablet/watch nearby can see, and rank those devices. When the user taps on one, they just go to that web page. It's really that simple. It's about thinking small, enabling micro-information (what is in my prescription bottle...
BSQUARE is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success. For more information, visit www.bsquare.com.
Whether you're a startup or a 100 year old enterprise, the Internet of Things offers a variety of new capabilities for your business. IoT style solutions can help you get closer your customers, launch new product lines and take over an industry. Some companies are dipping their toes in, but many have already taken the plunge, all while dramatic new capabilities continue to emerge. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director, Developer Evangelism at salesforce.com, to discuss real-world use cases, patterns and opportunities you can harness today.