Mr Michael Gropp was special representative for international affairs of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) (Washington, D.C.) and Chair of the Eucomed (Brussels) International Affairs Task Force. He was a member of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) Steering Committee from its inception in 2000 until GHTF was disbanded in 2012, and a member of GHTF Study Group 1 (pre-market controls). He was also an active contributor to the Asia Harmonization Working Party from its founding in 1994. Mr. Gropp led work on medical device regulatory harmonisation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Life Sciences Innovation Forum and was a member of the advisory board to the APEC Harmonization Center in Seoul. Mr Gropp was the Co-Chair of the Global Medical Technology Alliance (GMTA), a group of national medical technology associations focused on international policy advocacy. In 2015-2017, Mr. Gropp served as a temporary adviser to the World Health Organization, Geneva, in development of the WHO Global Model Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices including in vitro diagnostic medical devices (2017).
Mr Gropp was Vice President, Global Regulatory Strategy with Medtronic, Minneapolis, USA, from November 2006 until retiring in May 2013. In October 2010, Mr Gropp received the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Richard E. Greco Award for his work to harmonise global medical device regulations and advocate for regulatory professional development. In 2010-2011, he chaired the RAPS Global Advisory Council to develop regulatory capacity, especially in less developed economies.