The European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies. CECIMO, has published a call to move for A3D printing firms to help hospitals in this COVID-19 outbreak that is putting the healthcare industry extreme strain and triggering shortages of medicinal firms in medics, in specific valves and air-conditioners.
Through an official release, the association said that it has been asked by the European Commission to approach its members and ask if they would have the ability to assist in making equipment such as ventilators or valves that hospitals don’t have because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, CECIMO has made a decision to extend the call for action for all additive manufacturing firms and is encouraging each firm with the ability to do so to help hospitals in Europe.
The reaction from the members of CECIMO has been said to be encouraging. Several firms from the European 3D printing sector are volunteering to assist hospitals and health centers through the usage of their devices. The association expressed its belief that the 3D printing industry may be the solution in providing instant solutions.
From a regulatory viewpoint, it was stated that there are a few legal restrictions that might hinder the complete implementation of such resolutions. CECIMO holds that member nations need, therefore, think of momentarily suspending a few of their Medical Device Directive needs for strategical items in the crisis duration.
“We welcome Commissioner Breton’s statement, claiming that the EC will facilitate all companies helping in this time, also protecting them from potential legal issues,” said the association.
“The Commissioner also highlighted that technologies such as 3D printing should be included in the scope of a new fund aiming to sustain different sectors, such as healthcare, in this time of need.”
“I believe that the Additive Manufacturing sector can play an important role in sustaining the effort of hospital workers in the middle of this emergency,” said Filip “However, it is in the best interest of all to clarify the regulatory issues in order to move forward quickly and in a way that is not going to delay immediate actions,” says CECIMO Director General, Geerts.