Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Questions (32)

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

48 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that the Irish Medicines Board is not affected by cutbacks in order that it is facilitated in the orderly and timely process of approving medical devices in order to encourage job creation and retention in the medical devices industry which employs some 26,500 people here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26466/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I recognise the importance of the medical device industry, both in terms of employment and value of exports. The medical device industry plays a crucial role in the Irish economy, with in excess of €6 billion in exports. The leading medical device manufactures have bases in Ireland, many including highly developed research and development facilities. The Government is committed to developing this high technology industry as part of our strategy to ensure sustainable economic development.

The Irish Medicines Board is the Competent Authority for medical devices and provides an excellent service with regard to the regulation of medical devices and the protection of consumers. My Department is in detailed discussions with the board on the application of the moratorium on recruitment and promotion to ensure that this service will continue to be of a high standard.