The medical device industry, which includes everything from pacemakers and MRI machines to dental equipment and hypodermic syringes, is a growing global business sector. U.S. exports of medical technologies in 2012 were valued at approximately $44.2 billion, a 7.2 percent increase from just the previous year.

Training on medical devices regulations in ASEAN will help ASEAN and its Member States implement the proposed ASEAN Medical Devices Directive (MDD) in a science-based, non-discriminatory manner that promotes trade to benefit industry and consumers. 

USAID recently teamed with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, and the medical device industry, including the Advance Medical Technology Association and GE Healthcare to provide training in Bangkok for over 100 regulators from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Source: General Development Office-USAID/RDMA Monthly Highlights