PEI joined the Irish Medical & Surgical Trade Association (IMSTA) when it was in its infancy in the early 1980s to better understand the healthcare market in Ireland. During that time, several PEI colleagues have served on IMSTA's Management Council.

As the representative body for the medical device supply industry in Ireland, IMSTA sets out:

    * To promote the value of the medical device supply industry
    * To improve patient outcomes by promoting better access to optimal medical technologies
    * To foster an appropriate regulatory environment
    * To promote a competitive marketplace

The Irish Medical & Surgical Trade Association is a company limited by guarantee and is a not-for-profit organization. Member companies vary in size from small indigenous companies to subsidiaries of large multinational corporations and the requirements of these industry companies are very diverse. The workings of IMSTA are governed by its Constitution which has been in place since the Association’s inception. The Council comprises of eight volunteer members, recruited from amongst the member companies. Council representatives are elected annually at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. The officers of the Association consist of the Chairman, the vice-Chairman, the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer each of whom are elected by the Council.

In April 2008, IMSTA established the new role of permanent Executive Director to enhance the service offering to the members and to further the work of the Association.

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