MedPharmPlast Europe

MedPharmPlast Europe is a sector group of EuPC created in 2014 by and for companies involved in the whole supply chain of plastic medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging in Europe

Press Release - MedPharmPlast Europe - Official Launch

MedPharmPlast Europe - Official Launch 
Brussels, 11th December 2013 

After the successful conference held in Brussels on the 2nd of October 2013 dedicated to plastics 
converters in the medical devices industry and pharmaceutical packaging, EuPC will officially launch a 
new sector group: MedPharmPlast Europe
 
Whilst the medical market is still growing, the international competition is fierce and entry barriers are 
increasingly high. The good news for the plastics industry is that polymers are at the heart of most 
innovations in medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging. 
 
MedPharmPlast Europe will facilitate the development of market opportunities and will defend the 
competitiveness of the European companies in the international market. 
 
The strict and rapidly evolving regulatory environment is one of the main issues identified. As example, 
on the 22nd of October 2013, the plenary of the EU Parliament voted the proposal for a regulation of 
the European Parliament and of the Council on medical devices. Amongst other measures, the European 
Parliament proposal introduces a threshold (0,1% by weight) and establishes a delegated act procedure 
by which the Commission can grant authorisations for the use of substances found in concentration 
above 0,1% for medical devices. 
 
EuPC calls to all the interested parties in the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Packaging industries to 
join MedPharmPlast Europe in order to create a strong group to work together and to defend the 
interest of the industry. As the first field, this group will work on the EU regulatory specificities of 
plastics in the medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging markets. 
 
EuPC has already asked and obtained from the European Commission the right to represent plastics for 
medical devices through a direct participation in the European Medical Devices Expert Group. 
 
Several companies have already expressed their interest to join the sector group. The kick-off meeting of 
MedPharmPlast Europe will take place on the 28th of January 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.