The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Food and Drug Authority and the Saudi Secretariat of the Group of Twenty, is organizing on Tuesday (10/13/2020) a meeting via video communication with the leaders of the Global Harmonization Organization for Medical Devices and the Scientific and Technical Work Teams (GHWP), within the international conferences program held on the sidelines The year of the Saudi Presidency of the Group of Twenty.
The meeting will be chaired by the CEO of the Food and Drug Authority, Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhi, in addition to the participation of more than 31 representatives of the member states of the organization, the organization’s advisers and representatives from the United States of America and Japan.
The President of the Global Harmonization Organization for Medical Devices and the Executive Vice President of the Medical Devices and Products Sector at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Engineer Ali bin Mohsen Al-Dhalaan, explained that the meeting will discuss the stages of progress in the organization’s strategic plan and the work of regulatory and regulatory legislation and technical requirements from each work team, as well as capacity building and competencies. Especially after the organization’s transformation from Asian to global last March.
He added that the meeting reviews the integrative role among member states regarding the Corona pandemic, with the participation of the heads of the scientific and technical teams of the organization and the World Health Organization, in addition to the participation of the International Forum for the Control of Medical Devices and Products (IMDRF) with a presentation on updates related to the Corona pandemic.
The Global Harmonization Organization for Medical Devices is one of the largest international organizations that legislate in the field of medical devices and products. The organization aims to develop regulatory regulations and legislation among member states (31 countries), the most important of which are (Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, etc.) Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and the Philippines) by studying the regulatory developments in medical devices and products and preparing regulations and guidelines through 9 scientific and technical work teams.
The Kingdom participates in all the scientific and technical work teams of the organization with specialized and experienced members, and chairs the two working groups for pre-marketing requirements – medical software, and quality management system for medical devices: audit and evaluation.
During the Kingdom’s presidency of the organization, the member states agreed to the proposal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to change the name to a global organization, in order to achieve more harmony and global convergence with the regulatory authorities and bodies to strengthen and develop regulatory and legislative systems for medical devices and products to ensure the safety and safety of medical devices and products in diagnosis, treatment and other Medical applications according to international best practices.
The organization works in continuous coordination with a number of strategic partners and other organizations such as (APEC), (WHO), (OECD), (ISO), and the International Medical Devices Regulators Forum, in order to create an environment of harmonization and legislative convergence and develop Regulatory systems and legislation for medical devices and products in accordance with the best international practices, and help emerging countries to build their regulatory systems and benefit from the various experiences of the organization’s members.
The Kingdom’s leadership of this organization and by working on homogeneity and convergence in legislation and regulatory regulations for medical devices and products between countries encourages the entry of investors in the field of medical devices and products to the Saudi market, in addition to facilitating the entry of innovative medical devices and products and modern technologies and stimulating research and development centers, universities and others through Development of scientific research and innovation processes in the field of modern medical technology.
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