In the historical context, although the first foundations of the medical device sector were laid in the 1950s, the idea of going to civil society organization in the sector began to sprout only in the last 10 years of the 20th century.
The first organization initiative in our sector took place through associations which are one of the most suitable non-governmental organizations for expressing similar goals and common interests within the legal framework. Ege Medical Supplies Association is the first association established in 1991 in order to defend the common aims and interests of the medical device sector in front of both public and legislative institutions and organizations and to contribute to the development of the sector in the direction of the country's interests. About 1 year after the establishment of this pioneer association, Istanbul Medical Equipment, Imports, Exports and Vendors Association was established. Our two leading associations in our sector have carried out successful works in their regions and contributed greatly to the dissemination of civil society awareness in our sector. Then the process of association in the medical device industry began.