What is MDTC?

Founded in 2014, the Medical Device Transport Council (MDTC) was formed to promote the safe transport of medical devices and their components. Our mission is to contribute to developing and advocating for responsible regulations for the transportation of medical devices. By working directly with regulators and other stakeholders, the MDTC hopes to build a consensus that leads toward the development of regulations that enhance transportation safety with minimum disruption to critical medical device supply chains.

Members of the MDTC (formerly known as the MDBTC) are well-established companies, each with decades of experience providing life-saving and life-enhancing medical devices to patients and hospitals. The Council represents companies that manufacture both implantable and portable life-saving medical devices such as electronic pacemakers, automated external defibrillators, neurological stimulators, and the lithium cells and batteries that power them. Together, the companies that comprise this Council account for a significant share of the global market and produce some of the most advanced batteries and medical devices which are primarily manufactured in the United States.

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What We Do.

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Education

MDTC works collectively to educate government regulators and other people involved with the implementation process of the transportation of lithium batteries and other dangerous goods.Learn more »
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Involvement

MDTC holds membership in many international conferences and committees to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to be at the forefront of discussions and proposals in the industry.Learn More »
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Membership

Members of MDTC stay up-to-date on issues that affect the industry and are given networking opportunities to interact with peers and other knowledgeable contacts in the field.Learn More »
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Transportation Regulations

Education

Shipping Restrictions

Battery Quality

Enforcement

Council Involvement

The MDTC has Observer Status on the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG). This status allows MDTC members to attend, participate in discussions, and submit proposals to amend the regulations found in the UN Model Regulations, which are the basis of international DG regulatory standards. 

For more on the UN TDG Subcommittee, click here.

The G-27 Committee is composed of regulatory bodies, airline pilots, aircraft manufacturers, packaging manufacturers, battery shippers, cell/battery producers, and other relevant stakeholders. The objective of the G-27 Committee is to develop Aerospace Standards (AS) for a minimum performance standard to safely ship lithium batteries as cargo on aircraft.

MDTC actively participates in the UN Lithium Battery Working Group on Classification.  This working group was created to develop a comprehensive risk-based system to classify lithium batteries and cells for transport. This group is tasked with developing common-sense approaches to battery manufacturing testing and packaging to reduce the risk in transport. MDTC members and staff have provided strong leadership in this arena for years.

MDTC actively participates in cooperation with other associations to work with the ICAO DG panel and IATA DG working group to represent medical device manufacturers in front of both organizations.  The ICAO-TI is the regulatory regime for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air, and what each country around the world recognizes.  However, the IATA DGR is the rulebook used by most (if not all) air carriers around the globe. MDTC has a strong relationship with IATA and promotes common-sense actions regarding the transport of medical devices containing dangerous goods aboard aircraft.

MDTC actively participates in the National Fire Protection Association’s standards-setting bodies regarding the manufacture and storage of lithium batteries and other dangerous goods that impact our members. MDTC members and staff are a consistent voice in the development of standards like NFPA 485, ensuring that the standard-setting body understands the unique conditions of medical device manufacturing and logistics.

MDTC is a familiar voice and face at DG and medical device conferences around the globe.   With members in many different countries and observer status at the UN Subcommittee of Experts, our organization has wide-reaching influence. We are always ready to engage with new groups and spread the great work that we are doing to ensure that medical devices are safely and efficiently transported to the people that need them.

Meet the Board of Directors

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Bob Richard

Executive Director
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Ryan Paquet

Staff
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Mike Pagel

Deputy Director
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Steve La Pierre

Chairman
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Thomas Thornton

Global Dangerous Goods Transportation Program Manager
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Stephane Rossetti

Senior Program Manager, Int’l Trade & DG Compliance – Medtronic
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Luke Patsey

Zoll Medical Corporation
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Hans Strijbosch

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Kathleen O-Shei

Join MDTC

Members of the MDTC are well-established companies, each with decades of experience providing life-saving and life-enhancing medical devices to patients and hospitals. Together, the companies that comprise this Council account for a significant share of the global market and produce some of the most advanced batteries and medical devices.

Throughout the years, MDTC has succeeded in getting regulators and stakeholders to understand the state-of-the-art quality and safety of medical devices, as well as how overly burdensome restrictions have impacted supply chains to the detriment of patient health. The Council was instrumental in getting specific medical device language in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act as well as regulatory changes affecting medical devices in the USPS Publication 52 and PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations. Do you want to get involved? Please fill out our member application. We look forward to meeting you!

Why Become a Member?

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Timely Updates on Issues

MDTC keeps members up-to-date on legislation, regulations, and policies that will affect daily operations and supply chains.

Members receive e-mails, regulation summaries and other commentary on the matters that affect their business

The MDTC facilitates discussion among members and provides a forum to comment, discuss, and form positions of mutual interest and a mechanism for influencing the responsible agencies.

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Networking Opportunities

If you are responsible for dangerous goods/hazardous materials transportation within your company, knowledgeable contacts can be a valuable asset to you.

The MDTC offers members the opportunity for interaction with peers and other experienced contacts in the industry.

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Our Story

In 2014, the Medical Device Transport Council (MDTC) was formed to promote the safe transport of medical devices, particularly devices involving regulated dangerous goods such as lithium batteries, compressed gases, or biological substances. By working directly with regulators and other stakeholders, the MDTC works toward building a consensus that leads toward the development of regulations that enhance transportation safety with minimum disruption to critical medical device supply chains.

Members of the MDTC (formerly known as the MDBTC) are well-established companies, each with decades of experience providing life-saving and life-enhancing medical devices to patients and hospitals. The Council represents companies that manufacture both implantable and portable life-saving medical devices such as electronic pacemakers, automated external defibrillators, neurological stimulators, and the lithium cells and batteries that power them. Together, the companies that comprise this Council account for a significant share of the global market and produce some of the most advanced batteries and medical devices.

Since its inception, HSC Consultants have provided administrative support to Council members. This support consists of monthly conference calls where we update the Council on regulatory and industry initiatives affecting their supply chains, participating in regulatory and standards development working groups, drafting white papers and letters in support of regulatory amendments, answering questions related to transportation regulations, and training development. Throughout the years, our Council has succeeded in getting regulators and stakeholders to understand the state-of-the-art quality and safety of medical devices as well as how overly burdensome restrictions have impacted supply chains to the detriment of patient health. The Council was instrumental in getting specific medical device language in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act as well as regulatory changes affecting medical devices in the USPS Publication 52 and PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations.