In 1993, 300 people representing many companies selling and servicing pre-owned medical equipment came together in Chicago. The reason for the meeting was to discuss the expansion of what many perceived as a potential expansion of regulations by government agencies which could limit the availability of good pre-owned equipment. Quickly the participants recognized that a trade association was required to address regulatory and other industry issues that these highly specialized companies were confronted with frequently. David Band was the catalyst for the meeting and he eventually became the first president of an organization called the International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers, twenty-years later we refer to it as IAMERS.
The trade association took on the task of working with FDA and other agencies and today has a strong working relationship with the FDA and others here in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world. Through the efforts of IAMERS many agencies and institutions have a better understanding of the importance of pre-owned medical imaging equipment in the clinical marketplace.
IAMERS members recognized early on that to be a respected trade association they needed to self police members. A Code-Of-Ethics was created and every member must agree to comply with it to remain in the association.
In the later part of the 1990s IAMERS reached out to Europe and other places around the world, attending conferences and adding members to the organization. Around the world the IAMERS logo is recognized and is an assurance that the buyer is purchasing equipment or services from a competent and trustworthy seller.
To this day IAMERS continues its efforts to reach out to regulatory agencies around the world to educate and inform about the association and the importance of pre-owned medical imaging equipment as the cost of health care delivery rises across the globe.
In May of 2013, our members will meet in New York City to recognize the 20th anniversary of the founding of IAMERS. In two decades we’ve accomplished much for our members and for the users of pre-owned medical imaging equipment. But, there is much more to achieve.
IAMERS will continue to reach out to vendors and users of pre-owned medical imaging equipment as it provides education and regulatory support. And we will expand our cooperative efforts with governmental agencies around the world to help them appreciate how pre-owned medical imaging equipment fills an important clinical and cost saving role for those providing health care services.