02 Dec 3DMed project progress meeting successfully held in Oxford, the UK on 11 October 2019
October 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the 3DMed project that officially started on 1 October 2018. On such a special occasion, the 3rd project progress meeting was successfully held in the Trinity College, Oxford, on 11 October 2019. Forty delegates from the project partner/observer partner organizations gathered in Oxford and attended the meeting. The meeting also served as the annual contact meeting between the joint secretariat (JS), territorial facilitators (TF) and the 3DMed consortium, specified in the project monitoring plan. Therefore, the meeting was strongly supported by the JS and TF. A document was prepared by the JS with highly positive remarks about the progress that has so far been made.
With the joint efforts of the 17 project partners and support of 14 observer partners, the project has been on track. Joint research activities, including cross-border ones, have demonstrated their major benefits in sharing information and recourses, as well as in cross fertilization. All the deliverables specified in the project application have been completed on time. Deliverable reports with a uniform format and annexes have been collected and filed. The first milestone report was delivered on time. Risk management strategy has been reviewed and updated. The preparation of the annual progress report will soon get started. A regional dissemination workshop was held in Lille, France and the next dissemination workshop is due to take place in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, on 10 December 2019.
During the meeting, each of the work package leaders gave a presentation, which was enriched by the scientific presentations of individual researchers from the University of Oxford, DORC, 3D LifePrints and Delft University of Technology. In addition, a presentation about the new European medical device regulations, specifically concerning personalized medical devices, was given by a notified body in the UK – BSI. It helped the participants to gain a better understanding of the terminologies, interpretations and implications of the new regulations. It was obvious to all the participants that the implementation of the new regulations would have a great impact on the clinical application of 3D printed medical devices across Europe.
Action plans are listed in the meeting minutes and will be followed up during the next project progress meeting to be held in Lille, France at the beginning of April 2020.