About To Health

Title
Online training course in biomechanics, medical devices and related European regulations
Project Number
DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147604
Year
2013
Project Type
Transfer of Innovation
Objectives
The main objective of the ToHealth project is the transfer and update of knowledge in biomechanics, regulatory affairs, and medical devices. The project is aimed at companies and organizations involved in the production, development and certification of medical devices. The project will result in an online training course with the following main contents:
  • Medical Devices regulation
  • Human body biomechanics
  • Medical device specifics
This way, ToHealth will provide and enhance skills and knowledge of European manufacturing professionals which are planning to diversify to the healthcare technology sector and also to those which are already in the sector.

Summary
The traditional manufacturing sector in the EU faces a crisis due to the increasing labor costs in comparison to non EU countries. Thus manufacturing companies must find new markets with products with a higher added value. One of these sectors is Healthcare Technology. In this sector, companies can develop new healthcare products with high added value by applying advanced knowledge and expertise. 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), it is necessary to provide training in these issues also to staff of those companies which are already in the healthcare technology sector. 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.