Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
Safe and Innovative Medical Devices
Source: Library of the European Parliament
From Medical devices in the EU:
Medical devices comprise more than half a million different products, from adhesive bandages, pregnancy tests and contact lenses to X-ray machines, pacemakers and HIV tests.
The medical device industry is highly innovative. Europe's 25000 medical technology companies – mostly SMEs – filed over 10 000 patent applications in 2012. The industry has more than half a million employees. The European market is estimated at around €100 billion annually.
In the EU, new medical devices come to market earlier than in the US, which has a time-consuming centralised approval system. For European patients and doctors, this results in more treatment options, better quality of life as well as cost savings.
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