Last month ODMA and three other like-minded associations – The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the Australian Medical Manufacturers and Distributors Association (AMMDA) and the Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia (ASTA) combined to form The Medical Devices Small Business Coalition, whose mission is to ensure that the needs of small business in the medical devices sector are recognised and supported in government policymaking. All Members pledge to cooperate in a spirit of mutual understanding and to develop a closer relationship of goodwill and cooperation to support small businesses in the medical devices sector.
The coalition was launched at an event at Parliament House in Canberra and attended by the Minister for Health, the Honourable Greg Hunt, who officiated.
ODMA CEO, Finola Carey raised a number of issues with The Minister including the anomalous situation of GST being charged on medical frames whilst classified a medical device for TGA purposes.
They also discussed Health Funds controlling the issue of Provider Numbers to independent dispensers opening new outlets when they are essentially in competition, plus the classification of frames and lenses as Class 1 Medical devices necessitating paid registrations with the TGA.
The good news is, that following this launch ODMA represented by Chairman Robert Sparkes and Richard Grills participated in several meetings with TGA with the TGA agreeing to remove BOTH optical frames and optical lenses from the ARTG as Class 1 Medical Devices. The date of removal has yet to be advised but will be in the next few months.