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News for March 2015


Event Highlight

Egypt, Jordan, Israel Mission

The USDOC is organizing a business development mission to Egypt, Jordan and Israel, with an optional stop in the West Bank with the purpose of introducing representatives from U.S. firms and related trade associations to the region and to promote exports of U.S. healthcare products and services.

  • When: May 16–21, 2015
  • Where: Egypt, Jordan and Israel, with an optional stop in the West Bank
  • Application Deadline:  March 13, 2015
  • Cost: $3,325 for small or medium-sized enterprise or trade association/organization with fewer than 500 employees, $4,625 for large firms, $1,000 for each additional firm representative
  • West Bank optional meetings is in addition to the mission participation fee above, at $750 per SME and $2,300 per large firm

For more information, visit: http://go.usa.gov/Gyqj

Trade Events

Exporting Cosmetic Chemicals to South Korea

Please join the U.S. Commercial Service for an informational webinar on the cospmetic ingredient market in Korea.  We will discuss opportunities, regulations, and tips for entering the Korean market.  You'll also hear about opportunities at the in-cosmetics Korea trade show.

U.S. State Department "Direct Line": The Philippine Market for Medical Devices and Services

This webinar covers the Philippine market for medical devices and services, featuring a market overview, discussion of the regulatory framework, and an outline of current and future market demands.

China's Medical Device Market: New Regulatory Regime

Commercial Service China will hold a Webinar to discuss the newly-released China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) regulations. Topics will include opportunities and challenges U.S. companies may encounter when entering the market, specifically under the new regulatory regime. The speakers will compare the CFDA and USFDA regulatory systems and will walk through the new medical device registration process.

Business Opportunities in Africa – Webinar Series 

This webinar series focuses on providing a market overview and best practices for achieving success in Africa.

  • Date: March 4 – April 29, 2015 at 11:00am EST-12:15pm EST
  • Cost: $160
  • Learn More/Registerwww.export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds/webinars/index.asp  
  • Webinar Series Schedule: Kenya & Tanzania – March 4; Ghana – March 19; Angola & Mozambique – April 1; Ethiopia – April 15; Nigeria – April 29. 

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 regular space or $6,800 for premium space

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

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Trade Missions

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

Albania: Major hospital tender

Brazil: Disposables, EMT kits, hospital furniture, wheelchairs for the Rio 2016 Olympics

Mauritius: Linear Accelerator

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

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Country Spotlight: European Union

EU directives are in force throughout the European Union, consisting of 28 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.  

As the European Union (EU) does not have a Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), the task of harmonizing requirements and regulating medical devices is handled by the European Commission in close cooperation with Member State’s Health Authorities. The purpose of the EU harmonization effort is to merge the differing national requirements into one law which will be applied throughout the European Union. Legislation adopted through this process covers implantable, non-implantable and in vitro diagnostics medical devices in three separate directives that provide manufacturers the basics to certify their compliance with EU-wide safety requirements. 

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

Did You Know...?

The Small Business Administration Offers Online Learning

 Want to learn how to give your company a competitive advantage? Need more information about patents, trademarks and copyrights? The Small Business Administration offers online videos in a variety of media formats, covering every step of the business planning process. Visit the Small Business Administration Learning Center: www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center

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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.