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News for: July 2015


Event Highlight

Webinar: New COFEPRIS Programs Expedite Approval of U.S. Medical Devices in Mexico

Join us to learn more about how Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitation Risks (COFEPRIS) has implemented new programs to expedite the approval of U.S. Medical Devices in Mexico. COFEPRIS is Mexico’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. COFEPRIS Commissioner Mtro. Mikel Arriola, will speak about these new programs and how they can benefit U.S. medical device manufacturers through faster access to the Mexican market. A speaker from the Mexican Association of Innovative Medical Device Industries (AMID) will also offer insight on how they promote regulatory and procurement processes in Mexico that are efficient and transparent, to ensure safety, quality and effectiveness of solutions in health care services. An introduction will also be provided by the U.S. Commercial Service Mexico. 

Trade Events

Unlocking the Potential for Global Health and Economic Growth

Please join the Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness (AHC) and distinguished panelists Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Stefan Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; Dominic Caruso, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Johnson & Johnson (invited); Jeff Mazzoni, ‎Chief Financial Officer, Americas, GE Healthcare; and Gary Reedy, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society (invited);  as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of broadening access to health goods and services to drive economic growth and greater worker productivity, and what solutions the private and public sector can offer to improve global access to care.

  • When: July 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Where: 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC
  • Cost: No Charge
  • More information and RSVP: info@healthcare-competitiveness.com

Cosmoprof 2015

Interested in meeting with international buyers and learning about selling your products in other countries during Cosmoprof North America? As an international trade resource to exhibitors and attendees, Cosmoprof North America has teamed up with the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to provide international buyer introductions and market information services to you during the show.  At the Cosmoprof North America show you can meet with international buyers from various countries around the world and with U.S. Commercial Service Cosmetic & Beauty Product Specialists that can provide you with market intelligence, regulatory guidance, and current business opportunities for specific international markets.

  • When: July 12-14, 2015
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cost: No Charge
  • More information:  http://1.usa.gov/1FgK4dQ

Accessibility Innovation Showcase - 2015 Parapan Am Games

The focus of the exhibition/showcase is on assistive living products and devices as this event also coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 10th Anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), in addition to the opening of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.

  • When: August 7 - 11, 2015
  • Where: MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Canada
  • Cost: No Charge
  • More information:  Taylor.Little@trade.gov

Health 2.0

Health 2.0 Conferences are the leading showcases of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system worldwide. Health 2.0 covers the cloud, web, mobile, and platforms technology revolution that is innovating every sector of health care.  Meet US Commercial Service healthcare specialists from select European markets and learn about global opportunities

Exporters working with the US Department of Commerce receive a discounted rate of 30% for Standard Admission.  

  • When: October 4-7, 2015
  • Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
  • Cost: 30% Discount Available!
  • More information:  Jetta DeNend at Jetta.DeNend@trade.gov 

CEO Program for U.S. Companies at MEDICA 2015

MEDICA 2015 is the largest and most prestigious medical technology show in the world, with over 5,500 exhibitors (incl. the Compamed/medical manufacturing segment), and over 132,000 international visitors in 19 halls on the Dusseldorf fairgrounds.  The U.S. Commercial Service's Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program provides a unique way for U.S. firms to optimize their participation in this show.  Showcase your products and services to over 132,000 "trade only" visitors from 110 countries; meet the potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals without the expense of an exhibition booth.

·         When:  November 16-19, 2015 (Monday – Thursday)
·         Where:  Dusseldorf, Germany
·         Application deadline:  August 17, 2015 (unless sold out sooner)
·         Cost: $6,000  

For more information, contact: Sandra Campbell (Tampa Bay) Sandra.Campbell@trade.gov; Cindy Ma (Oakland) Cindy.Ma@trade.gov or Anette Salama (Dusseldorf/Germany) Anette.Salama@trade.gov or visit:  http://go.usa.gov/h8Wz

2015 Taiwan International Medical Exhibition & Conference on Gerontology & Geriatric Care

The show attracts decision makers from hospitals, nursing homes care homes as well government and associations for the care and wellbeing of older people, and companies which have products that serve the needs of the elderly. Taiwan faces a tremendous demographic change. The 65+ generation will increase from 11.5% to 20.0% by 2025. Therefore the Demand in Taiwan for Senior Aid and Lifestyle products grows rapidly.

·       When: Nov 26-28, 2015
·       Where: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Taiwan
·       Space Application, Visitors Pre-Registration, Cost: Contact CS Kaohsiung - Daphne Fan for details (Daphne.Fan@trade.gov)

For more information, visit: http://www.geriatriccareasia.com/

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Trade Missions

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Healthcare Executive Service to India

 The Healthcare Executive Service is a unique program which includes stops in India’s three major healthcare industry hubs: New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. As part of the Healthcare Executive Service in India, participants will benefit from individual one-on-on meetings in each location, as well as site visits, networking events and the opportunity to attend and exhibit in a catalogue option at the Medicall Trade Show in Chennai.

  • When: July 27-August 1, 2015
  • Where: New Delhi; Mumbai; Chennai, India
  • Cost: $4,300 for large firms, $2,700 for a small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), $300 each additional firm representative (large firm or SME)

 For more information, visit: http://export.gov/newhampshire/medicaldelegationindia/

2nd Annual Health IT Trade Mission to Brazil

The US Commercial Service at the US Consulate in Sao Paulo Brazil is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Health IT Trade Mission to Brazil August 17-21. This high impact business focused mission will enable U.S. companies to  showcase their technology to senior-level public and private health care officials and potential partners; learn first-hand about Brazil’s emerging health IT market, policies and business opportunities; and contribute to the shaping of a big emerging health IT market.     The program will include exclusive round tables with senior-level hospital officials, business social networking events, technology forum presentations, hospital site visits and participation in MedInfo, The World Health and Biomedical Informatics Conference. 

Trade Winds-Africa Trade Mission

The 2015 Trade Winds program includes an Africa focused business forum, in South Africa, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officers representing commercial markets from 19 different countries throughout the region. There will also be multiple trade mission stops that will give participants the opportunity to conduct business-to-business meetings with firms in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

  • When: September 14-21, 2015 - Dates will vary based on selected mission stops.
  • Cost: Conference & one mission stop: $2,500 for companies with fewer than 500 employees/      $3,500 for large firms; Additional mission stop: $800/ea; Additional representative: $500/ea 

Website: www.export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds/index.asp

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Trade Leads

Italy: Emergency room portable devices for cardiac or cerebral; bedside point of care; non-invasive cancer testing systems; innovative homecare systems for dialysis; infection prevention systems.

Madagascar: Tender open for generic medicine, dental products, and medical consumables.

Algeria: Partners for hospital construction.

Saudi Arabia: Cardiovascular, Ob/Gyn general surgery instruments, reusable and disposable; disposable radiology devices; disposable Ob/Gyn devices; disposable general surgery and laparoscopy devices.

Turkey: Air ambulance services.

To respond to these trade leads, please contact your local trade specialist.

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Policy Corner

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On May 28, 2015, U.S. Government officials, U.S. and China industry representatives, and officials from China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) held a meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade’s (JCCT) Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Subgroup (Subgroup) in Beijing, China.  The meeting was co-chaired by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing Chandra Brown and Qin Xiaoling, Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department at CFDA.  The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss implementation of deliverables from the December 2014 high-level JCCT meeting, discuss industry regulatory concerns in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, and discuss updates to the Subgroup work plan for 2015-2016 (which have not been finalized yet).

For pharmaceuticals, specific goals included follow-up on the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue outcome related to active pharmaceutical ingredients, discussing regulatory data protection with CFDA, getting an update from CFDA on revisions to China’s Drug Administration Law and Drug Registration Regulation, and engaging in a discussion on the drug approval process delay.

For medical devices, specific issues concerned a just-released registration fee plan covering medical devices (and pharmaceuticals), clinical trial requirements for registering medical devices, and China’s progress on adopting a Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system in alignment with international best practices.  The two sides agreed to hold another Subgroup meeting in September, 2015.  For more information on pharmaceuticals, contact Farah.Naim@trade.gov.  For more information on medical devices, contact Matthew.hein@trade.gov. 

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Country Spotlight: Thailand

In 2013, Thailand had a healthcare market of $16.1 billion. Per-capita spending on healthcare was almost $240. Thailand's elderly population is expected to increase to 17.2 percent of the population, or about 17 million people, within the next decade. Thailand’s aging population is a major catalyst of the demand for medical devices and medicine. Thailand has a universal healthcare system that provides at least a basic level of care to all Thai citizens. This system is divided into three programs. The Civil Servant Medical Benefit Scheme gives approximately seven million government workers excellent healthcare benefits. The Social Security Scheme covers about ten million private sector workers and is based on an employer contribution system. Finally, the Universal Coverage Scheme provides free basic healthcare coverage to the remaining 50 million Thais. As a percentage of total government expenditure, the Thai government spends 14 percent on healthcare.

Read more about Thailand and 66 other country spotlights in our 2015 Healthcare Technology Resource Guide.

Did You Know...?

Multilateral Development Banks: Financing and Business Opportunities

The Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are international financial institutions that promote economic and social progress in their developing member countries. Each year, the MDBs (the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) extend a combined total of almost $50 billion in loans, grants, and investments to the public and private sectors for economic and social development in developing markets.

Learn more about seizing these opportunities at: http://1.usa.gov/1IkxW2j

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The Healthcare Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. health industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S.