International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF)
We strategically accelerate international medical device regulatory convergence to promote an efficient and effective regulatory model for medical devices that is responsive to emerging challenges while protecting and maximizing public health and safety.
The IMDRF Management Committee welcomes AMDF (African Medical Device Forum) as a new Regional Harmonisation Initiative and six new affiliate members:
TFDA (Chinese Taipei)
The 2023 IMDRF Chair and Secretariat is held by the European Union. Upcoming rotations of Chair and Secretariat responsibilities can be viewed here.
The impact of COVID-19
The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) acknowledges the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all countries and citizens. The use of essential medical devices such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, syringes and test kits contributed to the efforts of pandemic responses around the world, as with other products regulated in some countries such as surgical face masks.
The IMDRF held a Joint Workshop on COVID-19 in March 2021 and held regular discussions about the impacts, experiences and challenges during the pandemic. Members continue to share information about changes made to regulatory frameworks that aim to assist preparations for future pandemics. Some of these included emergency use or other systems to expedite access and supply of essential medical devices, flexible and pragmatic approaches to regulatory processes such as remote inspections, and publishing information about approval pathways and availability of critical medical devices.
A link to each member country's website is below, where you can find more detailed information.