Medical device companies may find it more difficult to export products to Russia in the near future, according to the German foreign trade agency Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI). The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade reportedly is preparing a law that would prohibit foreign companies from participating in government calls for tenders if at least two Russian manufacturers are able to offer comparable products.
Most of Russia’s hospitals are state owned, and approximately 95% of medical devices are sold through a public bidding process. “The objective of the initiative, of course, is to coerce foreign manufacturers either to produce in Russia or to join forces with Russian companies,” Ullrich Umann, Director of GTAI in Russia, told medtechinsider. “The new law applies only to 40% of tendered devices, since Russian manufacturers don’t make many of these products.”
Russia is the ninth biggest market for medical technology in the world. Government agencies buy goods from foreign medtech companies worth more than €2.5 billion each year.