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ABSPIE international influence and impact

This pages describe the most influential European and International activities of the ABSPIE lab members:

International

  • IFMBE: Dr Pecchia is member of the Administrative Council of the IFMBE and the Chairman of the IFMBE HTA Division. This is one of the 2 Divisions of the international scientific society of biomedical engineering (BME), which aims to promote HTA within the BME community at didactic, research and professional level. Here a short description of the HTAD (link) and here a short synopsis of its working plan 2015-2018 (link).
  • WHO: as IFMBE HTA Division Chairman, Dr Pecchia cooperate with the WHO in activities regarding the HTA of Medical Device for developed countries as well as for low- middle incomes ones, supported by the ABSPIE members (i.e. Luis Montesinos). In fact, the IFMBE is an ONG regognised by the UN. As such, it holds a seat in the General assembly of all the UN Agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The ABSPIE significantly contributed in the past few years to the organizations of internatioanl Conferences, including:
    • The International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (ISAHP2016), which was Chaired by Dr Pecchia. All the ABSPIE PhD students contributed as tehcnical staff (link).
    • The world congress on BME (WC2015, Toronto): Dr Pecchia was Chair of the “Track 13: Informatics in Health Care and Public Health” (link)
    • The MEDICON2016, Cyprus: Dr Pecchia was Chair of the Track on “HTA and Clinical Engineering” (link)
  • The ABSPIE organized the First International Summer School on HTA, specifically designed for biomedical engineers and medical physicists. This school was supported by Warwick IAS, IFMBE HTAD, School of Engineering, GRP on technology and science in healthcare and organized in collaboration with the COST Action EMF-MED (BM1309). Here further details: link.

European

  • Dr Pecchia as Chair of the Public Affair Working Group of the EAMBES (European scientific society of BMEs) and Chair of the IFMBE HTA Division, Dr Pecchia cooperate with the European Parliament to promote the role of BME in research, as profession and as stakeholder for the preparation and revision of European Regulations on medical devices. Since 2014, this activity resulted in the following achievements:
    • The first European report on BME social and economic impact, which for the first time stated that “Biomedical Engineering is not simply a subset of modern medicine, but modern medicine predominantly secures important advances through the use of the products of biomedical engineering”. European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) report on BME, April 2015 (link).
    • Two parliamentary questions tabled by Ms Lara Comi and Mr Nicola Caputo, two Italians Parliamentary Members (MPs):
      • The former asking why, different to the USA, the Horizon 2020 vision does not have a dedicated space for BME (link)
      • the latter asking why BME is not listed among the professions that the European Commission officially recognizes (link)
    • The launch of the first Euro Parliament Interest Group on Biomedical Engineering (EPIG on BME), 31st of May, which aims work with the European Commission aiming to support the recognition of BME in Europe, starting from 3 working points (link):
      • to insure that BME will be inserted in the next revision of the Professional Qualifications Directive, otherwise patient safety in hospital would remain uncertain and procurement not cost-effective;
      • to recognize BME scientific organization as official stakeholders in the Medical Devices Coordination Groups, which is the group responsible for medical devices legislation revision in Europe;
      • to recognize BME as an independent research area in Horizon 2020 and forthcoming funding schemes.