` Russia's State-Run-Clinics Proposes to Prohibit Purchases of ` Foreign Medical Equipment ' to Protect their Domestic Market'

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – March 25 – Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce proposes to prohibit purchases of equipment and materials of foreign manufacture by state-run clinics, except the equipment and materials made in Belarus and Kazakhstan, which are members of the Eurasian Customs Union.

A draft government resolution on the issue has been uploaded at an internet portal where the Russian government organizations publish the texts of regulatory and ancillary acts for preview.

“The draft resolution presupposes a ban on access to the Russian market for the medical products manufactured outside the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus or the Republic of Kazakhstan,” says an explanatory note on the resolution.

The prohibition will also embrace the equipment and materials that include more than 50% component parts and/or ingredients produced outside the Customs Union.

In addition, the ministry proposes to block access to the Russian state-run clinics for the equipment of foreign make that does not meet Russian quality standards.

The ban will embrace the purchases made “for state and municipal needs”.

The new resolution may affect the procurements of serious equipment like tomographic scanners, mammographic scanners, blood transfusion kits, blood substitutes, infusion solutions, various dentist equipment, infant incubators, units for nasal support of infants’ respiration, defibrillators, antiseptic cloths containing ethanol, medicinal cloths containing pharmaceuticals, would dressing, syringes, and injection needles, says the Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily.

The goal of the resolution is to protect Russia’s domestic market.

It was drafted upon President Putin’s instruction.

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