EDMA a EFCC rozšiřují spolupráci
14 October 2010
EDMA AND EFCC TO ENHANCE COOPERATION
The European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA) and the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will take to a new level their coordination and collaboration on a number of mutually important European policy issues.
Brussels, 14 October 2010 – At a ceremony held yesterday in Lisbon at the First European Joint Congress of EFCC and UEMS, EDMA Director General Christine Tarrajat and EFCC President Andrea Rita Horvath signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at further strengthening the ties between the two organisations.
Members of the In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) industry and professional users have already been working together successfully on a number of issues, such as coordinating the launch in Europe of Lab Tests Online, a patient-centred, peer-reviewed, and non-commercial online portal that provides information to patients on laboratory tests that are used for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases (www.labtestsonline.info).
“The overall objective of this MoU is to give our common contribution to the formulation of policies that could impact the industry and the professional users within Europe,” EDMA Director General Christine Tarrajat explains. EFCC President Andrea Rita Horvath further points out that “this relationship will be based on the principles of cooperation, coordination and transparency.”
As priority issues, EDMA and EFCC have identified, inter alia, the need to raise awareness of the value of IVD testing and facilitating patients’ access to good laboratory tests, as well as cooperating with the European Commission through the European Partnership for Action against Cancer.
About the EFCC
The EFCC connects National Societies of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and creates a platform for all specialists working in the field in Europe. The EFCC provides European leadership in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine to national professional societies, to the diagnostic industry and to governmental and non-governmental organisations in order to serve the public interest in healthcare.
EFCC Contact: For more information, please visit the EFCC website.
EDMA, the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association, represents national associations and major companies engaged in the research, development, manufacture or distribution of In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) tests in Europe. Through its membership, EDMA represents in total more than 500 companies (or over 700 legal entities) across Europe. The mission of EDMA is to raise awareness of the importance, usefulness and added value that diagnostic information can provide to healthcare. For this purpose, EDMA cooperates with European institutions, patients groups, trade associations, health professionals and academia to support an appropriate regulatory system, to work towards a realistic economic environment for healthcare in Europe and to be an effective voice in globalisation.