29th June 2020
Re: AHWP transformation into GHWP with Unchanged Position on Regulatory Authorities-Industry-Partnership
Following the pre-announcement issued in March 2020, the AHWP leadership is preparing the transformation of the Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) into Global Harmonization Working Party (GHWP), where our new name and logo will better present our global perspective and visions.
AHWP has been working on the harmonization of medical device regulations and would like to move forward by extending efforts into a global perspective. By changing the organization name to GHWP, the Working Party would retain its position to provide a platform for both regulatory authorities and industry representatives of medical device industry to contribute in medical device regulatory convergence and to participate in the development of guidance documents. Both regulatory authorities and industry members of GHWP would enjoy the same voting rights on major issues and decisions within the Working Party, same as the existing arrangement. With the combined efforts from regulatory authorities and industry members, GHWP would continue to study and recommend ways to achieve convergence of medical device regulations.
The new name, logo and website of the Working Party will be formally announced and endorsed in the coming Annual Meeting. Details of the Annual Meeting will be available soon at AHWP website (www.ahwp.info). We hope to have your continued supports to AHWP/GHWP towards the global convergence of medical device regulations.
Mr Ali M. AL-DALAAN, Chair, AHWP