COCIR dedicated statements

The vital role of Artificial Intelligence in a time of COVID-19

11 June 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has delivered an unprecedented shock to the world. In response, the global research community has mobilised itself to try and overcome the challenges posed by this crisis to our public health systems, our economy and our society.
To ensure Artificial Intelligence is able to make a reliable and valuable contribution to the global fight against this pandemic, we need to create the right conditions. Read more

COCIR Statement - The EU recovery plan: a welcome move and an opportunity to shape the future of health and healthcare

29 May 2020

COCIR welcomes this week’s announcement by the European Commission of an emergency Next Generation EU instrument of €750 billion and a reinforced Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. Read more

COCIR call for action: Ensuring cancer treatment in times of COVID-19

28 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of healthcare provision - cancer care is no exception. In fact, during the pandemic, patients with cancer represent a high-risk group. COCIR urges the European Commission and national governments to acknowledge the importance of radiotherapy, particularly during these times of COVID-19. Read more

Medical Device Regulation delayed until May 2021!

24 April 2020

The European Union has decided to prolong the transition period for the Medical Device Regulation by one year. The Regulation delaying the Date of Application to 26 May 2021 was published today in the Official Journal of the European Union; it can be read here. You can also read the European Commission’s press release here.
COCIR welcomes this decision. Read more

COCIR Response to EPF Open Memo to the Health Industry and how we can support EPF and its members during COVID-19 outbreak

24 April 2020
Our industry is working ceaselessly to maximise its contribution to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain connected with EPF, the medical community and other critical stakeholders as well as with EU Institutions to respond to the needs. This pandemic is affecting all of us - it is essential that we retain collaborative ways of working together. Click here to access to letter sent to EPF.

Industry concerns on PPEs for their customers and workers

21 April 2020

In response to COVID-19 crisis several of our industry members committed to drastically increase production of critical equipment, including ventilators. As global players, our members have their manufacturing sites in different countries, also outside of the EU. To allow the production and installation of such equipment and their accessories and parts, there is a need to ensure a proper protection of their customers and workers. However, they are facing two issues and are kindly proposing some immediate actions to the EU.
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European Industry trade and supply chain needs to respond to Covid-19

14 April 2020

COCIR co-signed the joint letter with Industry associations Business Europe, AESGP, Cefic, EFPIA, ESF, EuropaBio, EURATEX, Medicines for Europe, MedTech Europe.

We hope this joint letter and industry asks will be considered at the trade Council taking place on 16 April 2020.

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COCIR Guidance to remain compliant during COVID-19 crisis
 
10 April 2020

During the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, Healthcare Professionals (“HCPs”) whether individual HCPs or Healthcare Organisations (“HCOs”) find themselves in situations of urgent support needs in order to be able to help patients. In this context, COCIR issued a guidance to allow industry to respond to requests from HCPs or to give support to them linked to the COVID-19 crisis. Depending on the type of responses or support given by the industry, this may imply a temporary softening of certain rules of the COCIR Code of Conduct. Read more

Coalition for Global Radiotherapy

8 April 2019

During the COVID-19 pandemic, radiotherapy is coming to the forefront as the safest option for treating cancer in the short and medium term. This is a call for action from the radiotherapy community. Read more

COCIR welcomes European Commission’s MDR announcement in response to COVID-19

26 March 2020

COCIR welcomes the European Commission’s announcement that it seeks to postpone the Medical Device Regulation’s Date of Application by a year. This move will assist the medical device industry in its efforts to continue supporting patients, healthcare professionals and hospitals in their fight against COVID-19. Read more