The Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF) is calling it a day. A recent meeting of the regulators from the founding member countries of GHTF (US, EU, Japan, Canada and Australia) resolved to terminate the body, reports the March 2011 issue of PulseLine from the Medical Technology Association of Australia.
For the past 18 or so years, GHTF has worked on the development of a regulatory model and supporting documents to underpin globally harmonised regulation of medical technologies.
The regulators have proposed a new regulator-only forum with global reach, which will consult with other interested groups including industry, healthcare professionals and consumers in the advancement of regulatory harmonisation.
The next (and possibly final) meeting of the GHTF will be in Brisbane, Australia, in May.