On May 19, a seminar was held in Kyiv to help educate manufacturers of medical rehabilitation equipment on EU regulations.
The seminar was organised as part of the EU’s project, “Complementary Measures to the Sector Policy Support Programme, ‘Promoting mutual trade by removing technical barriers to trade between Ukraine and the European Union.’”
- “In keeping with the terms of the Association Agreement, Ukraine has adapted its technical regulations to the relevant EU regulations,” says EU project’s coordinator Stefanos Ioakeimidis. “This also applies to the medical sphere, the standards of which must be harmonised with those applicable in the EU. Today’s seminar is the EU’s first contact with medical equipment manufacturers. There are many issues that need to be explained and that producers must take into account as they prepare to work within the new regulations.”
The seminar attracted a wide range of participants. Experts working on the EU project and representatives of public institutions talked about diverse issues, including current Ukrainian legislation on the technical regulation of medical equipment, EU directives, and the nuances of conformity assessment procedures for medical equipment and classification of products.
- “It was interesting to learn more about the EU norms and regulations. If we follow them, we will be able to access the European market and sell our rehabilitation equipment not only in Ukraine, but also to international partners,” said Andriy Gudzenko, a seminar participant and the director of comprehensive rehabilitation of disabled.
According to a recent poll conducted by the project, 65% of manufacturers are aware of the harmonised EU standards but very few of them know where to get more detailed information on the regulations. The poll was intended to provide insight into the information needs of Ukrainian manufacturers in the interest of optimising the effectiveness of the seminars aimed at entrepreneurs, which are held in May and June this year.
More information on Complementary Measures to the Sector Policy Support Programme, “Promoting mutual trade by removing technical barriers to trade between Ukraine and the European Union” is available on the official website.
The article is published in partnership with the EU project on elimination of technical barriers to trade: no-trade-barriers.com