0445 GMT July 24, 2019
A large part of Iranian-made health instruments are exported to European countries, said Health Ministry’s director general for medical equipment and devices.
Seyyed Hossein Safavi told Iran Daily that solving the problem caused by sanctions imposed on the country would help Iran become a frontrunner in the field of medical equipment export in the region.
He added that the Iranian companies manufacturing health equipment have made significant technological progress during the past years, noting they are capable of producing the instruments which were previously supplied only by the world’s high-tech firms.
He said that medical equipment and devices produced in Iran are of highest quality, noting a large number of which have managed to receive CE marking, a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area.
“Iranian-manufactured medical tools are used in numerous European countries including Germany and Spain which are most advanced in this respect, he noted.
“We are self-sufficient in the field of manufacturing public and low-risk medical equipment and devices. We only require the import of certain high tech tools manufactured by a limited number of companies worldwide,” he said.
However, Safavi stressed, a number of Iranian firms have received required domestic and international standards to manufacture such medical equipment.
The official said foreign sanctions imposed on Iran caused a part of domestic capacity for the export of medical equipment to remain untapped and helped prevent the sector from realizing its full potential.
Safavi said numerous Turkish companies are willing to buy Iranian-manufactured medical equipment to export them to various countries under their own brands, adding it shows that the quality of Iranian made health instruments is desirable.
“Given the extensive efforts made by the Health Ministry to improve the capability of companies manufacturing medical equipment, the industry is expected to have a bright future ahead,” he said.
The official said a large number of Iranian knowledge-based companies are involved in the activities related to manufacturing medical devices.
He noted that the 22nd International Exhibition of Medical, Dental, Laboratory Equipment and Pharmaceutical Products will be held in Tehran from June 9-12, adding 20 new Iranian-made medical equipment and devices will be unveiled during the expo.
He put the value of domestic market of medical and laboratory equipment at $2.5 billion, of which 35 percent pertains to Iranian manufacturers.
Savafi said that more than 60 percent of total medical commodities sold in the local markets are supplied by Iranian companies.
He rejected the claim that medicines and health equipment are not included in the list of sanctions against Iran, saying keeping financial channels to Iran open and having banking relationships with foreign countries are prerequisites for the import of such commodities while sanctions have created many problems for the country in this respect.
“Domestically produced health instruments have been projected to replace those imported from foreign countries to prevent any problem from occurring in the process of medical treatments of people,” he concluded.