IMDRF is the International Medical Device Regulators Forum. It has been established in 2011 as a forum to discuss future directions in medical device regulatory harmonization. It is a voluntary group of medical device regulators from around the world who have come together to build on the strong foundational work of the Global Harmonization Task Force on Medical Devices (GHTF), and to accelerate international medical device regulatory harmonization and convergence.
The IMDRF is composed, amongst others, of a Management Committee that provides guidance on strategies, policies, directions, membership and activities of the Forum. It oversees working groups, which draw upon expertise from various stakeholder groups such as industry, academia, healthcare professionals, consumers and patient groups.
To reach its goals, the IMDRF comprises current members for its chair and secretariat, such as: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and the United-States; they rotate annually. The World Health Organization (WHO) is an Official Observer. The Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and APEC LSIF Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee are IMDRF Regional Harmonization Initiatives.
DITTA will participate and convey its messages at the upcoming 19th IMDRF meeting. Upcoming IMDRF's Management Committee (MC) meetings of March and September is chaired by South Korea, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. More information is available here.
The agenda with all IMDRF upcoming and past meetings is available here.