Online training course in biomechanics, medical devices and related European regulation (ToHealth)

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Project co-funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme.

The main objective of the project is the transfer and update of knowledge in biomechanics, regulatory affairs, and medical devices trough an online training course for the staff of those companies interested in diversifying to the healthcare technology sector, and those companies which are already in the sector but need to update its knowledge in this field.

Due to the crisis impact on the traditional manufacturing sector (the manufacturing sector employs 35 million people in the EU), manufacturing companies must find new markets with products with a higher added value. One of these sectors is the Healthcare Technology. In this sector, companies can develop new healthcare products with high added value by applying the knowledge and expertise of their sector of origin. In order to successfully diversify to that sector and to do it in a relatively short period of time, one of the key points is the training of companies’ staff in three main topics: Medical Devices regulation (EC Directives, Standards, etc.), basic knowledge regarding human body biomechanics, and knowledge regarding medical devices (biomaterials, joint prosthesis, fracture repair, etc.).

Moreover, due to the continuous changes in the medical device regulations (EC Directives, standards), is necessary to provide training in these issues to the staff of those companies which are already in the healthcare technology sector.

The expected outcomes of the project are:

- Course contents for Germany, Spain, Poland, and Italy in their respective languages and adapted to the needs of their respective company profile. The content of the course will be adapted to those companies that are seeking to enter the new sector, and those that are already in it.
- E-learning courses available through an e-learning platform.  
- Dissemination materials in different supports and media.

Achieving expected results will lead to higher competitiveness of the European medical industry, in which 500.000 people are employed by 22.500 medtech companies (80% are SMEs) with numbers expected to rise.

Fecha de inicio: 01-10-2013
Fecha de finalización: 30-09-2015
Referencia del proyecto: DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147604
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