|Eliminate Restriction of being Sole Representative to Import from OEMs|
|Reform Description||Before: In the medical devices rules it was permitted that only a sole representative can import from original equipment manufacturers.
After: Through an amendment the condition of sole representative has been done away with. Now multiple importers of similar brand are allowed to import the medical devices from same OEM
|Beneficiaries||All Healthcare Businesses|
|Jurisdiction/ Location||Federal (Entire Pakistan)|
|Department||Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan|
|Date of Implementation||27-04-2022|
|Details||Difficulty||It was required in the medical devices rules that only a sole representative can import the medical devices from original manufacturers. This condition was a bottleneck in the way of promoting the competition in the market and ensuring the required availability of medical devices.|
|Analysis||On the complaint of private sector it was observed that this condition of allowing import by a sole representatives is against the principle of fair play and put a single entity at an advantage which consequently becomes a hegemon in the market.|
|Solution||The condition to allow import by a sole representative has been amended and now multiple importers can import directly from the Original Equipment Manufacturers.|
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