Swiss Medtech
For a strong Swiss medtech industry
SWISS MEDTECH was established on 12 June 2017 following the merger of two national medtech organizations, FASMED and Medical Cluster. The new association represents the interests of the Swiss medtech industry. The aim is to maintain international competitiveness, innovative capacity, and to strengthen the domestic market.
Image source: BVMed
Image source: BVMed

Whether it be syringes, implants, wheelchairs, or MRIs - medical technology supplies people, doctors, and hospitals with vital products and applications. The domestic medtech industry generates annual sales of 14.1 billion and exports of 10.6 billion Swiss francs. It contributes 2.2% of the GDP. Swiss Medtech supports the Swiss medtech industry's continuing contribution to health care and the economy, as well as its ability to remain competitive internationally.

The Association represents the interests of the industry and serves 1,350 companies and 54,500 employees. It is committed to rapid patient access to innovation and high-quality standards. Swiss Medtech also initiates specialised training programmes, challenges rising levels of regulation, and pushes for free trade and fair tariffs. Together with its specialist groups and partners, the Association is committed to favourable conditions and to an attractive setting for research and other professional activities within Switzerland.

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The new, stringent MDR and IVDR Regulations: Viewing this Change as an Opportunity?

6.8. 2018 – The hurdles set by the new regulations are remarkable, in particular for SMEs. MDR and IVDR imply the adjustments of business strategies and will impose a new financial burden. But this can also be seen as a chance for the Swiss medtech industry to boost innovation and stand out from the other markets, experts say.

Swiss medtech sector petitions Europe to prevent the impending supply gaps in medical devices
- Swiss Medtech and various association members have sent a letter expressing their concern to Austria, which currently holds the EU Presidency. In addition to other topics, they addressed the capacity for certification of new medical devices starting in 2020, which has been reduced - at least temporarily - by MDR. They also urgently recommend implementing countermeasures.

New regulations: Medtech Europe urges EU Agencies, Commissions and Public Authorities to act
- The European medtech industry is facing delays and are petitioning for solutions regarding MDR / IVDR implementation. The aim is to ensure seamless availability of vital medical devices and continuous patient care. The umbrella organization, MedTech Europe, has generated an appropriate Action Plan.


Swiss Medtech: New Head of Communications and Public Affairs
21.6.18 – On 1 September 2018, Anita Holler will take over as Head of Communications and Public Affairs at the industry association, Swiss Medtech. With the creation of this new department, the association reaffirms its decision to place more importance on public relations in the future.

Swiss Medtech Award 2018: An armband sensor to help women conceive
12.6.18 Ava AG has won the Swiss Medtech Award at Swiss Medtech Day in Bern. The Zurich start-up was honoured for developing a fertility tracker which helps women who wish to have children recognize which are their fertile days each month.

State Councillor Beat Vonlanthen appointed president of Swiss Medtech
11.6.18 He succeeds former National Councillor Urs Gasche and Rubino Mordasini, who shared the co-presidency. Following the merger of FASMED and Medical Cluster, Swiss Medtech is pleased to have 560 members. At its annual meeting the association looked back on a thoroughly positive first year.

Swiss Medtech Award: nominees with groundbreaking innovations
27.5.18 Two start-ups from Zurich and one established Basel-based company have been nominated for the first prize of CHF 50,000: AVA, Xeltis and Bühlmann Laboratories have all developed pioneering medical products with significant patient benefits. These novel technologies also contribute to increased cost efficiency.

Swiss Medtech Day in Bern on 12 June 2018: The highlights
30.4.18 The Swiss Medtech Association and its partner Innosuisse are hosting the largest medtech event in Switzerland for the first time - and are expecting over 600 participants. In addition to specialist lectures, breakout sessions and a Science Slam, the main attraction will be the presentation of the Swiss Medtech Awards.

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