BENEFITS OF BELONGING TO SAMED
By becoming a member of SAMED- the pivotal association for the medical device and technology industry in South Africa - you will be part of the private sector body which aims to safeguard and promote the interests of the industry and thereby the interests of individual members.
SAMED is the effective conduit representing the industry in relation to broader health care delivery service as envisaged by both public and private sectors. This requires the continuation and indeed expansion of communication links between government, including the provinces, and all key organisations with significant influence over regulations, trading, concerns and public policy affecting the business of health care in South Africa.
ACCESSING INFORMATION, ADVICE & SUPPORT
Members receive as a matter of urgency communications from both government and private sectors, ensuring that all members are kept abreast with relevant developments.
Where appropriate the input of members is sought to allow the Association to draft constructive strategies and define pro-active initiatives. Members can take advantage of expert advice in the regulatory and commercial areas including:
- developments in regard to the regulation of medical devices, both in South Africa and internationally;
- the procurement policy of South Africa at central and provincial level as well as the role of local authorities;
- changes at national and provincial level in organisational structures and services;
- information on international Medical device developments.
As soon as your company joins, it becomes part of a large network of individuals and organisations with an interest in health care. SAMED as the focal point acts as a communication channel for its members, both in South Africa and internationally.
Contacts range from Government Ministers, Provincial MEC's, senior civil and provincial public servants, State and Provincial Tender Boards, private sector groups and their representative bodies, healthcare professionals, international agencies including Advamed and Eucomed, and health care professionals.
Close links are continuously maintained with the Department of Health, the Board of Health Care Funders, The Hospital Association of South Africa, The Department of Trade and Industry, the Competition Commission, The HPCSA, South African Bureau of Standards, and South African Embassies and High Commissions overseas. SAMED has a seat on the NAB Board, a body entrusted with making policy decisions regarding the nappi coding system.
SAMED is the SA industry representative on the Asian Harmonization Working Party(AHWP) - non-profit organisation, it's objectives being to forge a common direction for the harmonization of medical device regulation in Asia, encourage increased understanding on the benefits of harmonization and facilitate a linkage with the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). See www.asiahwp.org and www.ghtf.org
GENERATING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
SAMED receives numerous product and tender enquiries (local and overseas) and information relating to various other business opportunities and all such enquiries benefit the member at large. Participation in Association activities will ensure that much valuable information is exchanged at meetings, workshops and through members developing contacts within the industry.
With the emergence of South Africa into the international arena, many countries are arranging trade delegations to South Africa. SAMED members are invited whenever such a delegation includes representatives from the medical devices sector.
Receptions are organised for key decision-makers, government representatives and other health care decision makers as and when such opportunities arise. These events are open to all members.