The PAWG is the working group responsible for EAMBES collaborations with European, National and International collaborations. In the past years, this included cooperation with European Institutions including the European Parliament (EP), European Commission (EC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Moreover, the PAWG is responsible for defining, supporting and maintaining EAMBES collaborations with other international Scientific Societies and with the World Health Organization (WHO).
In March 2016, during the MEDICON Conference in Cyrus, the PAWG strategy for 2016-2020 was presented.
The PAWG is open to all the EMABES associates that are willing to contribute and is Chaired by one of the EMABES Council Members.
The main activities of the PAWG:
May 2016: Establishing the First European Parliament Interest Group on Biomedical Engineering (EPIG on BME): this was the result of several collaborations with the EP. Launched in May 2016, the main goals of the EPIG on BME is to ensure BME and Clinical Engineering will be properly recognized as a Profession in Europe, to create independent research spaces for BME in Horizon 2020 and following frameworks, to reinforce inform EP working groups developing European policies on medical devices. For more information, follow the EPIG on BME activities.
July 2015: Parliamentary question on BME in Horizon200: the 20th of July 2015, two Italian MPs, Lara Comi (PPE) and Nicola Caputo (S&D), supported by the PAWG, prepared and tabled a parliamentary question to ask to the European Commission why there are no dedicated funding stream for BME in the Horizon 2020 , differently from the USA or Japan. The interesting answer from the Commission arrived the 18th of October 2015 .
July 2015: Parliamentary question on BME in Horizon200: the 20th of July 2015, two Italian MPs, Lara Comi (PPE) and Nicola Caputo (S&D), supported by the PAWG, prepared and tabled a parliamentary question to ask to the European Commission why the latter asking why BME is not listed among the professions that the European Commission officially recognizes . In fact, BME is not listed as one of the occupations officially recognized (and therefore regulated and protected) in the “European Skill, Competences and Occupations (ESCO) database . This is one of the reasons why BME are underrepresented in all the EP and EC working groups, including the Horizon2020 key panels.
April 2015: the first European officially report on BME social and economic impact: from September 2014 to March 2015, Iozia Edgardo Maria (rapporteur) and Jarré Dirk (Co-rapporteur), supported by PAWG, prepared the first European Official report on BME. This was first published the 23rd of April 2015 by the EESC and then inserted the 4th of September 2015 in the Official Journal of the European Union (2015/C 291/07 ) . This is the first time the European Union recognizes that “Biomedical Engineering is not simply a subset of modern medicine, but modern medicine predominantly secures important advances through the use of the products of biomedical engineering”.