The BioMed Alliance, together with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), are organising a Joint Workshop on Medical Device Registries on 17 June in Brussels. 

As the EU prepares to implement the new Medical Devices Regulation in May 2020, the workshop will aim to explore what role clinical registries may play in informing regulators’ market surveillance activities, and to identify a possible “common framework” for EU registries responding to the needs of regulators, patients, physicians and industry alike. 

The event will bring together key experts in data collection, review and management, including European Commission officials, healthcare professionals, regulators and industry representatives. 

For more information, please find the programme here.

The BioMed Alliance organises its annual Spring Meeting on 14 May bringing together a diverse group of representatives from member societies. Delegates will meet in Brussels to discuss the European Elections, Plan S and Open Access Publishing and internal BioMed Alliance affairs.

During the morning session, high-level representatives from Wellcome trust and the European Commission will engage in a discussion on Plan S with publication experts from our member organisations. This is a topic of great interest as it potentially changes the publication landscape and has significant consequences for both researchers and academic societies.

The speaker list includes:

Keynote speaker: Robert Kiley, Head of Open Science at Wellcome Trust

  • Panellists:
  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Open data Policies and Science Cloud, European Commission
  • Prof. Laszlo Fesus, Chair of the FEBS Publications Committee
  • Jan Cools, editor-in-chief of the HemaSphere journal, EHA
  • Thomas F. Lüscher, editor in Chief of the European Heart Journal / Valentina Tursini, Scientific Publications Director, ESC

We look forward to fruitful discussions. The full programme and more information can be found here.

Update April

Update March

The Biomedical Alliance in Europe produced a statement outlining the practical consequences of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on health research. While the overarching purpose of the regulation is commendable, in practice researchers experience that its implementation hinders health research.

BioMed Alliance statement on Data protection Regulation

Scientific communities from industry and academia through the Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) have teamed up to address the gaps within the translational research ecosystem and call for more focus and funding for translational research and pan European mechanisms for coordination and implementation

Read the joint statement here

Update February

biomed esicmWe are glad to welcome the  European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) to the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, bringing the total amount of members to 30. ESICM unites more than 9000 professionals in intensive care medicine and we are sure that the organisation will provide valuable input and expertise in our activities. 

ESICM was established in 1982 and the organisation supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine through education, research and professional development.

The number of specialties and the diversity in our membership continue to increase allowing us to work intensively on even more projects.

Update January

BioMed Alliance Members have produced a cartoon highlighting the importance of high-quality and unbiased continuing medical education for medical professionals.

Medical professionals participate in continuing education to keep their knowledge up to date and to be able to provide the best standard of care to their patients. This education is provided by independent medical associations that rely on networks of experts. It is vital that they are able to continue this important mission and that education for doctors remains impartial and based on the most relevant and reliable scientific information.

Today, experts from the Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance) are advising the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy, on the clinical evaluation of high-risk medical devices. Representatives of the healthcare professions will discuss how scientists and clinicians can help to implement the new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the new EU In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR).

Read the press release here

BioMed Alliance welcomes the initiative proposed by Coalition S and supports the promotion of open access publishing. Nonetheless, we have certain concerns about the scope and implementation of Plan S, which aims to promote open access and ensure that scientific publications that receive funding from its members are made freely accessible immediately upon publication. BioMed Alliance has issued a statement outlining its feedback on Plan S.

Read the BioMed Alliance statement here

 

The Biomedical Alliance in Europe (the BioMed Alliance) is happy to announce that two new members have joined the ranks in January 2019. We would like to welcome the European Brain Council (EBC) and the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) to the BioMed Alliance and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation. This year has already had a good start and there are many more interesting activities and events to look forward to.

The EBC aims to promote brain research to improve the quality of life of people that live with mental or neurological conditions. It is a platform that fosters interaction between societies, patient organisations, professional societies and industry partners. You can find more info here: https://www.braincouncil.eu/ 

EFORT promotes the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of prevention and both the conservative and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries related to the musculo-skeletal system. It brings together national orthopaedic and trauma associations from 39 countries across Europe. You can find more info here: https://www.efort.org/

We are sure that both new members will provide valuable new input to the activities of the BioMed Alliance therefore we can continue to advance biomedical innovation at European level.

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