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BVMed - The German Medical Technology Association

As a trade association, BVMed promotes and represents the combined interests of the medical technology industry and trade companies. The association offers its members a platform for a constructive dialog and exchange of views in various working groups. Through public relations work and by participation in the development of laws, guidelines and standards, BVMed represents the concerns of its member companies to policy makers and the public in general.

Read more in BVMed's Annual Report.

BVMed represents more than 220 industry and trade companies. Among the members of the association are 20 of the largest medical device manufacturers worldwide in the consumer goods sector. Its scope comprises the entire sector of medical dressings, technical aids such as ostomy and incontinence products or bandages, plastic disposable items such as syringes, catheters and cannulae as well as the implants sector of intraocular lenses, hip, knee, shoulder and spinal implants, heart valves and defibrillators and even artificial hearts. Homecare services and biotechnology procedures, such as tissue engineering, are further fields of activity of its members.

As a trade association, BVMed promotes and represents the combined interests of the medical technology industry and trade companies. In various sectoral interest groups, focus groups, and working groups, the association off ers its members a platform for a constructive dialog and exchange of views. BVMed represents the concerns of its member companies to policy makers and the public in general. This is achieved not only by information and public relations work, but also by participation in the development of laws, guidelines and standards. BVMed’s services can be subdivided into four sectors:

1. Organization
BVMed carries out the joint formation of opinion in more than 60 committees covering specifi c subjects. An up-to-date overview of BVMed’s expert committees is available at www.bvmed.de (About BVMed).

2. Consultancy
BVMed’s experts are ready to off er accurate advice to members on such diverse topics as the Medical Devices Act, social legislation, the DRG law, the Act on Advertising in the Healthcare System, standardization projects, or ordinances.

3. Information
BVMed’s multi-faceted information service is evident in both its internal and external communications. Examples of BVMed’s communication eff orts include:

INTERNAL COMMUNICATION
General circulars to all members, specifi c circulars for the individual Expert Committees, weekly newsletter, weekly chartpool, monthly report, Extranet for member companies.

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION
Website at www.bvmed.de, brochures, information cards, BVMed special events, MedInform conferences, training seminars (medical device consultants, SHI training, workshops on bidding / tendering law and CRM topics), press releases and conferences, press seminars, TV service with film material, background discussions with the media and social media channels.

4. Representation
BVMed represents the interests of the medical technology sector. Important aspects of this work include political marketing and one-on-one interviews, the maintenance and support of networks, parliamentary discussion evenings, background discussions, participation in parliamentary hearings as well as representation in committees, advisory councils, commissions, etc.

How can your company become a member of BVMed?
The terms and conditions for membership of BVMed are stated in § 3 of the BVMed statutes. Your company has to
  • be seated in Germany,
  • be registered in a German Trade Register or in a corresponding register/record of a EU member state,
  • manufacture medical devices and/or put medical devices into the market under its own name, under the condition that at least 30 % of the total turnover with medical devices are private brands,
  • establish proof that the manufacture is in accordance with the valid laws and ordinances,
  • have a turnover liable to contribution amounting to at least 3 million Euro per year, as well as
  • declare willingness to participate in the association's internal statistics.

Applications for membership must be submitted in a letter to the Director General of BVMed. Please contact us. We look forward to helping you!

Read more in BVMed's Annual Report.
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