The med­ical sup­ply chain in Ukraine has been severe­ly thrown into dis­ar­ray because of the Russ­ian mil­i­tary inva­sion. One of their biggest prob­lems is a short­age of med­i­cines, med­ical devices and food prod­ucts. The list of Ukraine’s med­ical device and med­i­cine needs has been updat­ed by the government. 

In this con­text, the min­istry has asked health care prod­ucts reg­u­la­to­ry con­sul­tan­cy, Cra­tia, to pro­vide assis­tance. Cra­tia pro­pos­es review­ing new acts that are intend­ed to facil­i­tate the sup­ply of med­ical and med­i­c­i­nal prod­ucts and are giv­ing trans­la­tion assis­tance, prepar­ing and con­duct­ing analy­sis of doc­u­ments and doing some prod­uct sub­mis­sions. Most of the four­teen con­for­mi­ty assess­ment bod­ies in Ukraine are accept­ing doc­u­ments and are work­ing as well.

For inter­est­ed com­pa­nies, there are cur­rent­ly sev­er­al ways on how human­i­tar­i­an aid can be con­veyed across Ukraine’s borders. 

Ukraine has set up Help Ukraine Cen­tre in Poland which is a route the med­ical devices indus­try can use to trans­port human­i­tar­i­an aid to Ukraine. The two oth­er routes involve Cra­tia, using its con­tacts with the min­istry of health and exper­tise on par­tic­u­lar require­ments. The third option is to use the main voluntary/charitable bod­ies in Ukraine, for exam­ple .

So far, there has been great sup­port from inter­na­tion­al med­ical device com­pa­nies, with many putting oper­a­tions in Rus­sia on hold, except for some mis­sion-crit­i­cal activ­i­ties, includ­ing health care. Many com­pa­nies have made sub­stan­tial dona­tions need­ed for health care. 

Source: Medtech Insight (an Infor­ma product)