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References

1. Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations (JFMDA)
2. Letter from Congresswoman Eschoo


1. Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations (JFMDA)

Chairman: Koji Nakao

The Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations (JFMDA) was founded in February 1984 by 15 associations engaged in the development, production, and distribution of medical and healthcare devices, equipment, instruments, and materials. Since then, JFMDA has been addressing various national and international issues related to all its member associations. By taking appropriate actions on these issues, JFMDA has contributed to the growth of the industries it represents and to the improvement of welfare and healthcare in Japan.

Most medical device companies in Japan now face drastic changes due to various societal shifts, such as the increasing number of elderly people, changing trends in morbidity, increasing medical expenditures, technological innovation, and the internationalization of human activities. To respond to these changes, JFMDA has been conducting promotional activities based on medium-term and long-term perspectives.

The four main functions of JFMDA are as follows:

  1. Government Relations
    JFMDA maintains close contact with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW); the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA); the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); and other government agencies, playing the role of a liaison between the government and the concerned associations.

  2. Information Services
    JFMDA collects related information and documents, holds lectures and seminars to provide updated information to members, and carries out public relations activities.

  3. Study and Research Activities
    JFMDA establishes its own meetings, standing committees, research committees, and study groups whenever required, addressing various industry-related issues in response to the needs of member companies and government agencies.

  4. International Affairs
    JFMDA investigates standards/regulations, promoting mutual recognition and other harmonization activities.

    JFMDA initially consisted of 15 associations (representing about 3,000 companies). At present, membership has increased to 20 associations (representing about 5,000 companies), while over 130 individual companies are registered as supporting members sponsoring JFMDA's activities. JFMDA is thus playing an increasingly important role as a liaison between industries and government agencies, and is expanding its scale and activities.

Vision of JFMDA

The vision of JFMDA is to improve the presence of the medical device industry by:

  • Providing the latest medical technology quickly to medical professionals and patients
  • Ensuring the further safety of medical devices
  • Increasing global competitiveness through the development of new medical devices and technologies

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2. Letter from Congresswoman Eschoo

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Eschoo Letter