Webinar | Medical Devices Regulation – Heading in the right direction?


On the 6 November 2017 HCWH Europe organised a workshop entitled Can the Medical Devices Regulation be an engine for substitutionin the European Parliament. The main objective of this workshop was to examine how provisions included in the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) can be used to achieve the substitution of medical devices containing harmful chemicals with safer alternatives.

Goals of the webinar

This webinar was a follow-up to that successful workshop and covers the provisions laid out in the Health Technology Assessment and how they relate to the MDR.

This webinar outlines the current regulatory framework applicable to medical devices, including the state of the European Database on Medical Devices (EUDAMED), which is due to become operational in 2019.

Oliver Bisazza from industry association MedTech Europe addresses the challenges, concerns, and opportunities that the new MDR represents for the industry. Whilst Tomas Delimon representing Zorgnet-Icuro, the Flemish healthcare provider and HCWH Europe member, outlines the approach they are taking to incorporate environmental sustainability, as well as quality and safety concerns in their medical devices procurement.


Paola Hernández Olivan, Food Project and Policy Officer - HCWH Europe

 Introduction to the webinar 




Oliver BISAZZADirector, Regulations & Industrial Policy - MedTech Europe

 Medical Devices Regulation and Key Industry Impacts

Oliver Bisazza is based in Brussels, Belgium, where he heads the regulatory affairs team at MedTech Europe: the association representing the medical technology industries in Europe.

In this role, Oliver’s focus is implementation of the EU regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics.  He acts as these industries’ main messenger towards the European Commission and Competent Authorities.

Oliver joined MedTech Europe in August 2018 – prior to that, he was Director of Regulatory Policy EMEA at Medtronic.

Tomas DELIMONEnvironmental Expert - Envicas (representing Zorgnet Icuro)

 Sustainable Procurement in Flemish Hospitals

Tomas Delimon has been an environmental consultant for more than 15 years and currently works for ENVICAS, a consulting company providing services for more than 20 hospitals. In this capacity, Tomas is an advisor for environmental affairs to ZORGNET-ICURO, a federation representing all of the hospitals (both public and private) in Flanders. He has been appointed as Environmental Coordinator at several hospitals and works on environmental projects in many other healthcare facilities.

Since 2003, Tomas has also been a board member of VMx vzw (the Association of Flemish environmental professionals). As an published journal author, he is an expert in local environmental legislation and frequently lectures on the topic.