MedTech Europe's Brexit Challenge: Don't Forget The Kid In The EU Divorce
The UK continues to press for favorable trading and regulatory conditions with the EU in its Brexit planning. But EU negotiators seem likely to play it by the book, with no favors shown. The medtech industry watched as the EU withdrawal agreement was approved by the EU27 at the March 2018 Euro Summit. Some weeks prior to that, MedTech Europe chief executive Serge Bernasconi told In Vivo of his fears for EU medtech if the industry was too slow in preparing for UK withdrawal.
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