Euromcontact activity report 2015

February 26, 2016 Posted by Euromcontact


Euromcontact is the European association of the contact lens and lens care products manufacturers. The mission of Euromcontact is to represent the views of the European contact lens industry to the EU institutions and to support harmonized legislation and procedures for manufacturers, standardization and testing of products throughout the EU. Furthermore to maintain high standards for contact lens and lens care products in the EU and to promote the expansion of the European market and opportunities to export. Last but not least to safeguard economic, industrial and trade interests of the European contact lens industry.
In 2015, the Euromcontact regulatory affairs group focused its work in on the revision of the medical devices legislation. In 2012 the European commission proposed a new regulation on medical devices to further harmonize the regulatory framework. While the European parliament adopted its position in 2014 it took almost three years for the council to adopt its position in October 2015. Euromcontact amended its position paper through 2015 to adapt it to discussions at council.
The Euromcontact public affairs working group held numerous meetings in 2014 and in 2015 with representatives of the European commission, member states, members of European parliament, to explain the position of the industry. Euromcontact is pleased to see that the inclusion of plano lenses in the regulation, through its annex XV, was supported by the EU decision-makers. Euromcontact will continue its lobbying efforts in 2016 to guarantee that the other interests of the industry are taken into account by the EU policy-makers. In 2016 a completely new clinical evaluation document for contact lenses will be available to members of Euromcontact. The document, drafted by an independent expert, is following the MEDDEV guidance document.
Since 2003, EUROMCONTACT provides key statistics and trends on markets in the EU and in some selected third countries. The statistics are based on a collection and compilation of data provided by members of the Euromcontact statistic working group to an independent company. Dissemination of the detailed statistics is limited to the contributing companies to the Stats working group, but Euromcontact provides general statistics to the public and stakeholders through an annual report and press release.
In partnership with Gino Von Ossel, of the Vlerick Business School in Brussels, Euromcontact developed a tool that allows eye care professionals to evaluate how they can dramatically affect their sales and therefore the profitability of their business. The 2014 beta version of the tool was improved and translated into an application available on-line, on tablet and on smart phone, in English and in Italian. Further translations will be available. The tool will be presented in many forums in 2016, such as at the NCC Congress in March 2016 in Amsterdam.
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