General

When was APACMed established?

APACMed was established in November 2014, and officially launched on 25th April 2015.

Which countries do you cover?

Our By-Laws define our geographical coverage. APACMed covers the countries in the “Asia Pacific” region, namely: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, DPR Korea, Hong Kong, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Negara Brunei Darussalam, Nepal, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam.

What is medical technology?

Medical technology is a broad term covering medical devices, equipment and in vitro diagnostics. Examples of medical technologies are wide ranging and very diverse: from contact lenses to rubber gloves, syringes and needles. From pacemakers, CT’s and MRI’s, surgical robots and laboratory analyzers to artificial hip and knee implants. And from insulin pumps and dialysis machines to pregnancy tests, catheters and wheelchairs.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines a medical device as:

“Any instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, appliance, implant, reagent for in vitro use, software, material or other similar or related article, intended by the manufacturer to be used, alone or in combination, for human beings, for one or more of the specific medical purpose(s) of:

  • diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease
  • diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury
  • investigation, replacement, modification, or support of the anatomy or of a physiological process,
  • supporting or sustaining life
  • control of conception
  • disinfection of medical devices
  • providing information by means of in vitro examination of specimens derived from the human body and does not achieve its primary intended action by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means, in or on the human body, but which may be assisted in its intended function by such means”.

Who can become a member in APACMed?

APACMed membership is open to any company or organisation with an interest in the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. This includes manufacturers and developers of innovative medical devices, equipment or IVD, digital health solution providers, national industry associations, service providers (e.g. consultants, CROs, recruiters), distributors, contract manufacturers and investors. To be eligible for membership a legal entity in Asia Pacific is required.

What is the membership application process?

The membership application process is very straightforward. The first step is to contact our Business Development Director, who will provide you with more information about APACMed, our membership application form and details of our membership fees. Annual fees are pro-rated based on the number of remaining months in the calendar year.

Companies with sales of less than USD 50 million may submit a membership application for our SME category. Membership fees for SME’s are substantially lower than those payable by our large, multinational Corporate Members.

I am an individual. Can I still become an APACMed member?

Unfortunately, membership is currently only open to organisations, such as companies or associations.

I am an investor. Which membership category applies to me?

Institutional investors, such as venture capital or private equity firms, may join APACMed as Associate Members. However, the portfolio companies of such investors may prefer to join directly under the SME membership category.

What are the main APACMED Membership benefits?

Members of APACMed share a common vision: improving the standards of care, driving access and collaboration, and shaping the future of healthcare in Asia Pacific. Members benefit from market insights and industry intelligence, exclusive free webinars, special rates on registration for APACMed events and access to our Functional Committees. Membership of the Association also provides unparalleled networking with industry peers at exclusive events.

Find out more about APACMed Membership Benefits on our website.

I am an employee of an APACMed Corporate Member. How do I join a Functional Committee?

Our Functional Committees warmly welcome the active engagement of Corporate Member representatives, and we are very grateful for your contributions as the organisation goes into its third year of existence.

Please contact our Communications Manager, who will put you in touch with the relevant Committee Chair.

Does APACMed have its own Code of Ethics?

APACMed promotes ethical interactions between the medical technology industry and health care professionals to advance its mission. The APACMed Code of Ethical Conduct was introduced in December 2015 and made effective 1 January 2016. It is a requirement for our Corporate Members to subscribe to this Code.

The purpose of this Code is to facilitate ethical interactions between its Corporate Members that develop, manufacture, sell, market, or distribute medical technologies in Asia Pacific and those individuals and entities that use, recommend, purchase, or prescribe medical technologies in Asia Pacific.

Following on from the Board’s decision in September 2016 to eliminate direct sponsorship of HCPs to third party conferences by 1 January 2018, the APACMed Code of Ethics has been amended.

I need advice on how to launch my product in Asia Pacific. Can you help?

APACMed does not currently provide consultancy services in business development. However, we recognize that these are important questions to many companies. Through our various webinars, conferences and workshops we provide insights and guidance on issues such as navigating regulatory pathways in Asia Pacific, developing market entry strategies, distributor channel management, pricing and reimbursement considerations.

I am a patient seeking advice on a product supplied by an APACMed member. Who do I contact?

We are unable to provide any advice on the use of specific products or services provided by our member organisations. We kindly request that you approach the company directly.

Asia Pacific MedTech Forum

When and where is the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2017 held?

The Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2017, will be held in Singapore on 7th​-​8th​ November​ 2017, under the theme “Transforming Healthcare Through Innovation”.

APACMed will be hosting the third edition of the flagship event at the Star Performing Arts Centre.

Register your interest now

How do I become a sponsor or exhibitor at the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2017?

Medical technology companies, service providers and other industry stakeholders interested in sponsorship and exhibition opportunities can contact our Business Development Director.

Download the 2017 Sponsorship Prospectus here.

Conference management is responsible for assignments and priority will be given to Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2016 sponsors and returning exhibitors. Please contact Gabriel Sim, for all enquiries.

How can I become a speaker?

Our 2017 Organising Committee is responsible for developing the event programme.

Please contact our Communications Manager for further information.

I am not a member. Can I still join the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum?

Of course.  The Forum is open to all delegates who wish to attend. However, you will not benefit from the members’ discounted rate. Register your interest now to receive regular updates about the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum.

Do you provide a list of conference attendees?

No, we do not. We can provide a list of past attending organisations on request, but we will not provide names and/or contact details.

We strongly encourage delegates to use our conference app for iOS/Android mobile devices. This will allow participants to connect with other attendees at the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum. The 2017 app will be available for download approximately one month before the event.

Is APACMed organising a pre-conference SME Workshop in 2017?

APACMed will be holding a full day workshop for MedTech start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) in 2017. However, it will not be held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum. It will take place on 7th September 2017 at Amara Sanctuary Resort, Sentosa. Please contact our Communications Manager for more information. To find out about other APACMed and industry events, please refer to our  Calendar of Events.