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Russia’s state-run clinics may be prohibited purchases of foreign medical equipment

March 25, 2014, 7:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 25. /ITAR-TASS/. 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.

Endorsement of the prohibition will help stimulate the competitive advantages of Russian companies on the domestic market, experts at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce believe.

“The ministry’s computations suggest that the manufacturing of Russian medical equipment and appliances will grow to 78.8 billion rubles in 2020 from 19.4 billion rubles in 2014,” Rossiyskaya Gazeta says. “Taxes will also increase to 13.8 billion rubles from the 3.4 billion rubles at present.

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