Over the past five years, there have been significant changes in the medical devices industry. With the revision of ISO 13485 in 2016, the Medical Device Single Audit Program becoming more commonly used, and the upcoming changes to the EU Medical Device Regulations, it’s fair to say the industry is on the move.
So, what’s on the horizon for 2019? Domino’s sector specialists have rounded up the five key events to have on your radar this year to keep you up to date with all future industry movements. Meet Volker Watzke, Domino's European Medical Devices Sector Manager and Bart Vansteenkiste Global Life Sciences Sector Manager at these upcoming events.
1. GS1 Healthcare Conference
Where: Noordwijk, Netherlands
When: 26th - 28th March 2019
Healthcare leaders will share progress updates on worldwide efforts to implement GS1 standards. Hear experts in the private industry and government agencies discuss reaching these standards that aim to improve patient safety, supply chain security, and efficiency.
This conference is held twice a year and is a key event for those looking for information and updates from the GS1 community.
2. T4M – Technology for Medical Devices
Where: Stuttgart, Germany
When: 7th - 9th May 2019
A brand new trade fair opens its doors this year for the first time and will focus on manufacturing technology, the production environment, services as well as components and materials. Taking place in the ‘land of inventors and thinkers’, T4M will be an opportunity for not only manufacturers but the entirety of the medical technology supply industry to come together to explore the latest technologies.
3. Medtec live!
Where: Nuremberg, Germany
When: 21st - 23rd May
Looking for a 360 view of the industry? The Medtec Live trade show follows on from Medtec Europe and MT-CONNECT. It will bring together important national and international players from the industry to showcase current and future developments in the medical industry.
Three days of forums, creative ideas and products, lectures and top international speakers means this event covers all you need to know in 2019.
4. Medical Technology Ireland
Where: Galway, Ireland
When: 25th - 26th September 2019
Were you aware 75% of the global orthopaedic knee production comes out of Ireland? As one of Europe's largest MedTech hotspots and a globally recognised centre of excellence, it’s only fitting to hold an industry event in Ireland.
Medical Technology Ireland will host 200 exhibiting global suppliers as well as forums and conferences across the two days.
“Medical Technology Ireland was an excellent platform to meet with existing customers and discuss project needs and an opportunity to network with academia and new engineering contacts. Another successful year!” Caroline Herdman, Medical Division Manager, Primasil Silicones
5. Compamed / Medica
Where: Dusseldorf, Germany
When: 18th-21st November 2019
Compamed welcomes established businesses in the industry as well as exciting newcomers to showcase emerging technologies, products, and predictions for the future. It gives an excellent overview of the industry as a whole as well as digging into new concepts to offer an impressive insight into the future of medicine.
We’re very much looking forward to attending the above events to see how the medical device industry is progressing even further and adapting for the future with changes to regulations on the horizon. These events are vital for knowledge sharing. If you are also attending, please let us know by tweeting us @DominoPrint_UK and if you see our sector specialists or any of the Domino team, be sure to come and say hello!