Andy Vaughan has been the environmental consultant for Eucomed since January 2009. Previously, he trained electronics engineer, specialising in control electronics, he rapidly moved into medical devices. He spent his early career working in hospitals as a member of a medical device maintenance group, subsequently specialising in diagnostic ultrasound whilst working in a company which was one of the first to import this new technology into the UK from Japan. When the company decided to set up a European support centre in the Netherlands, Andrew was taken on as the European technical expert covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.With the advent of the Medical Device Directive, Andrew found himself becoming increasingly involved in regulatory issues until the workbench became a distant memory. He returned to the UK with his new regulatory skills working with the UK subsidiary of another Japanese company. With the increasing importance of environmental issues, Andrew then became more involved with this aspect of the industry, eventually becoming the Group Environment Manager.