Association of Anaesthetists, Great Britain and Ireland

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) was founded in 1932 to represent the medical and political views of anaesthetists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It now has over 10,000 members and, through its overseas membership, has close contact with anaesthetists in many other countries.
The AAGBI has a broad constitution that enables it to promote and advance education, safety and research in anaesthesia, as well as the professional aspects of the specialty and the welfare of individual anaesthetists

Association of British Healthcare Industries

ABHI is the industry association for the medical technology sector in the UK. ABHI’s purpose is to promote the rapid adoption of medical technologies to ensure optimum patient outcomes throughout the UK and in key global markets. With over 250 company members ABHI is the voice of the medical technology sector, championing industry to the NHS, Government, regulators and stakeholders.

B2B Compliance

B2B Compliance is a not-for-profit initiative that will meet the requirements of companies who are obligated under the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. 

Barema members can obtain free advice from B2B by phoning 01691 676124 or emailing

Asthma and Lung UK

The Asthma and Lung UK is a charity to support people affected by lung disease, promoting greater understanding of lung disease, campaigning for change in the nation’s lung health, and funding vital research so that new treatments and cures can help to save lives.


BSI is the UK’s National Standards Body (NSB) and was the first national standards body. It represents UK economic and social interests across all European and international standards organizations and in the development of business information solutions for British organizations of all sizes and sectors.  Barema is a member of BSI to support its activities for the medical device industry.

Difficult Airway Society

The Difficult Airway Society is a UK-based medical specialist society formed to further management of the airway of patients by anaesthetists and other critical care practitioners. Growing from a group of anaesthetists meeting at fibreoptic intubation meetings in the late 1980s, DAS held its inaugural event in 1995 and finalised its Constitution in 1996. With over 2000 members DAS is now the second largest anaesthetic specialist society in the UK and regularly attracts 500-600 delegates at its annual meetings.


EUROM VI is a group of European National Associations – one of which is Barema – that each represent small and medium enterprises involved in medical devices.  Areas of healthcare include surgery, anesthesia, respiration and inhalation, gas supply, sterilization, and optomedical.  The objectives of EUROM VI are:

  • to represent European Medical Technology Industry
  • to promote cooperation between members but also with other European organizations
  • to encourage worldwide trade by being involved in harmonization of legislation, standardization, mutual recognition and certification procedures
  • to be a partner on works with UE Commission and Standardization Bodies to defend European Industry views on international activities.

Global Medical Device Nomenclature Agency

The GMDN Agency is a non-profit company responsible for the running and maintenance of the Global Medical Device Nomenclature, the comprehensive system of internationally recognised coded descriptors in the format of preferred terms with definitions used to generically identify medical devices and related health care products.  The Agency provides services and information for access to the GMDN data through its website or other means.  Barema is a member of GMDN and Barema members have free access to codes.

Healthcare Skills International Training International

Healthcare Skills International (HCS) is an approved education centre delivering a range of externally validated, competence-based qualifications to the medical profession and healthcare industry that are internationally recognised.  The programmes run by HCS enable people who work in the medical device sector, and who are required to be present in clinical areas, to formally demonstrate a level of competence that assures patient safety and ensures medical standards are not compromised, professionally or legally.

HCS is Barema’s delivery partner for the Barema Professional Qualification, an externally-accredited course to train company staff working in the clinical environment. 

Lifebox Foundation

Lifebox was founded by The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the Harvard School of Public Health and  the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Together, they are working to provide low-cost, robust oximeters and pulse oximetry education to the 77,000+ operating rooms worldwide that have to make do without pulse oximeters, leading to loss of lives. But Lifebox doesn’t stop with pulse oximetry; they work for sustainable changes of practice that will ultimately raise the safety and quality standards of global healthcare.   

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. 

Barema has very a very strong and longstanding partnership with MRHA. Collaboration between the two bodies underpins the anaesthetic sector’s patient safety record, which is second to none.  

Representatives from MHRA and from Barema participate in working groups and meetings of each respective organisation, ensuring ongoing engagement between the clinical profession, regulatory body and industry.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.