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The Tendering Process

Healthcare systems in Canada use tendering processes for the procurement of medical technology. This tendering process has become increasingly complex and is requiring a significant allocation of resources. The medical technology industry is concerned about the direction of the complexity, lack of transparency in the process and the variation in clauses contained in the tenders.

In all cases, competitive tendering should support and recognize the value of innovation in medical technologies to patients, clinicians and healthcare systems, and should reward features that bring new capabilities and options to the clinical pathway.


Best Tendering Practices

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Access to New Medical Device Technology

Significant change in the healthcare system is ongoing. Over the last year regional transformation within the provinces -- increased reliance on technology assessment, province-to-province agreements to a new and aggressive approach to provincial and hospital tendering practices -- have all arisen in multiple jurisdictions. These changes should not focus on commoditization of medical technologies and services, or downplay the value of innovation in he healthcare system, rather change should be an enabler for patients to access the medical technologies and diagnostics they require.

Health System Reform and related issues are being addressed by MEDEC and its member committees in a number of way including:
  • working with groups such as OntarioBuys through a joint committee;
  • working and advocating at the hospital, regional and government level for resolution to issues that are important to the technology industry;
  • actively participating at the various technology assessment committees.

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Health System Reform

Health System Reform and related issues are being addressed by MEDEC and its member committees in a number of way including:

  • working with groups such as OntarioBuys through a joint committee;
  • working and advocating at the hospital, regional and government level for resolution to issues that are important to the technology industry;
  • actively participating at the various technology assessment committees

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Global Harmonization of Medical Device Regulations

The Global Harmonization Task Force was conceived in 1992 in an effort to achieve greater uniformity between national medical device regulatory systems. This is being done with two aims in mind: enhancing patient safety and increasing access to safe, effective and clinically beneficial medical technologies around the world. A partnership between regulatory authorities and regulated industry, the GHTF is comprised of five Founding Members: European Union, United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. The GHTF has recently engaged with regulators from other jurisdictions, e.g., the Asian Harmonization Working Party (representing 22 countries) to broaden its work on harmonization. Harmonized medical regulatory systems decreases the burdens of governments and industry and benefits patients.

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Medical Devices Bureau (MDB) Performance

Based on current performance reports available from Health Canada there is no significant backlog in applications at the MDB. However, the current ‘Time to Market Authorization’ for all classes of medical devices is on average between 2-3 times the published target timelines (= ‘Time to 1st Decision’). Health Canada notes that currently only 30% of applications complete review without screening deficiencies and additional information requests. While these applications are completed within the performance targets, the remaining 70% take on average 2-3 times the target timelines due to time needed to obtain and review the deficient information.

MEDEC is working with Health Canada to find solutions to the issues related to application quality and performance that delay market access.

Health Canada's Medical Devices Program Q1 2014/15 Performance Report can be found here.




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Corporate Compliance / Code of Conduct

MEDEC is dedicated to advancing healthcare by delivering innovative technologies and devices. Because the relationships between MEDEC's Members and healthcare professionals are so important, they must be guided by the highest ethical standards.

For this reason, MEDEC members have designed and adopted a Code of Conduct to promote ethical business practices and socially responsible industry conduct to govern their interactions with healthcare professionals.

MEDEC's voluntary Code of Conduct was adopted January 1, 2005 to guide interactions between healthcare professionals and Members. A revised Code of Conduct was released in April 2010.

MEDEC Code of Conduct

 

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