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The new US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement includes language on enhancing regulatory compatibility between the three countries by recognizing quality systems audits performed under the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP). It also stipulates that each trading partner “consider its resources and technical capacity” in ensuring the safety, effectiveness and quality of devices – and more. Medtech industry advocacy group AdvaMed is praising the deal, reached by the three countries on 10 December.
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