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GHTF Moves to Disband

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The Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF), founded in 1992 to promote uniformity across medical device regulatory regimes, will soon cease to exist according to the Medical Technology Association (MTA) of Australia.

Regulators from the US, EU, Japan, Australia and Canada, the GHTF’s founding members, elected to dissolve the group in order to form a new entity consisting solely of regulators; in its current iteration, the GHTF allows equal standing for medical device industry associations. The proposed new organization will purportedly seek feedback from medical device industry advocates, health care representatives and consumer groups as part of ongoing regulatory harmonization pursuits.

The GHTF will continue in its current form at least until its next meeting in May, according to the MTA.

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