south african medical device industry association
advancing innovation responsibility
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About SAMED

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About SAMED
 
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SAMED's Vision:

 To develop a sustainable medical device industry by responsibly improving patient access to innovative health technology.

SAMED is committed to:
 
  1. ensuring a sustainable medical device industry in South Africa,
  2. promoting innovation and better patient outcomes in a responsible manner and
  3. encouraging ethical principles and practices

SAMED membership comprises ordinary, association and associate members.

Our ordinary members include: multinationals, distributors, agents and local manufacturers of medical devices.

Association members include: The South African Laboratory and Diagnostic Association (SALDA), The Medical Imaging Systems Association (MISA) and MDMSA (Medical Device Manufacturers of South Africa).

Associate members include: consultants, training providers and logistic companies operating in the medical device industry.
In total we represent around 160 manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of disease and disability.

The industry we represent employs more than 4000 people and encompasses more than 300,000 different medical devices from sticking plasters and wheel chairs through to pacemakers and replacement joints.

Our key objectives include:

Promoting a balanced harmonised policy environment

SAMED engages with policymakers, regulators, politicians, doctor societies, funders and international organisations to develop and propose patient-centred policies that enable people to live healthy and productive lives and provide solutions that significantly drive the productivity and efficiency of healthcare systems. 

SAMED is supportive of harmonization of standards and regulatory requirements within the area of medical devices manufacture and supply; and to this end is a member of two international agencies - The Asian Harmonisation Working Party (AHWP) and the Global Medical Technology Alliance (GMTA).

Demonstrating the value of innovation and medical devices

SAMED aims to promote and market the value of innovation and the Medical Device Industry. We tap into health-economic research to demonstrate the value of medical devices and organise a range of initiatives to explain the value thereof. We bring together stakeholders in order to discuss trends, issues and opportunities and each year SAMED organises an annual conference to discuss and engage with stakeholders on common topics of interest.

Providing membership services

SAMED comprises various committees dealing with a wide range of issues including regulatory, government procurement processes, reimbursement, transformation, ethics, doctor congresses and health policy. We regularly organise meetings and events that enable members to determine and shape industry positions on key issues, and we offer training and workshops on subjects such as BBBEE, regulatory standards, quality management systems, and reimbursement.

SAMED also subscribes to the government gazette and tender bulletin and collects and provides members with privileged and reliable data on a wide variety of issues thereby enabling them to make informed business decisions.

Promoting ethical principles and practices

SAMED promotes and encourages among members ethical principles and practices, and to this end has published a Code of Business Practice and is a signatory to the SA Code of Practice for Marketing of Health Products. Both codes are binding on all members. We and our members are committed to ensure that collaboration with healthcare professionals adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards.

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