On Thursday 22 October the FMO held their General Members’ Meeting during which Chairman Stuart Burn informed members of the exciting changes ahead to help create a reinvigorated and strengthened FMO from 2021.

Current and Honorary Life Members were invited to the virtual meeting which saw one of the largest meeting attendances in recent years.

Full information was given on two recent events which were both facilitated to help FMO members; the sale of Optrafair and subsequent collaboration with Media 10 and the marketing for sale of the office base in London.

Nathan Garnett of Media 10 gave a presentation on plans ahead of 100% Optical, due to take place in May. Nathan revealed he and the Stuart were already developing ideas on what FMO would be adding to the exhibition. He also unveiled full plans for the May show and reiterated how much he was looking forward to working with the FMO.

There was a hugely informative presentation given by Ann Blackmore on the complex issue of the new post-Brexit rules for the Medical Devices Regulation, coming into effect on 1 January 2021. FMO will be updating members on all aspects of this in the coming weeks and months.

Stuart then discussed with members the many changes that would be taking place from the end of this year. The FMO Board would be looking at new member benefits, with input from members welcomed via an online survey. There would be a potential focus on gathering marketing intelligence and statistics, creating a national optical survey, developing a CET portal as well as many other new benefits.

Said FMO Chair Stuart Burn

‘We are steering the FMO into a new and exciting direction where membership for suppliers becomes more compelling as we seek to provide new benefits befitting of todays commercial environment. This will go hand in hand with greater direct contact with ECP’s to help educate, inform and promote our organsiation.’

Dr. Andy Hepworth, FMO Vice-Chair added

‘There is still very much the FMO is able to offer our members; MDR support, optical education & market intelligence are just a handful to begin with’.