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12 Jul 2013

Chinese mission explores Québec’s medical equipment sector


In June, a group of representatives from China conducted a mission in Québec to explore its medical equipment sector.

Export Québec hosted the trade delegation of the China Medical Devices Journal (CMDJ) in Montreal. The activity involved more than 50 participants, including 11 Chinese distributors and 14 Québec businesses. It is also worth noting that this meeting took place two months after six Québec businesses participated in the China International Equipment Medical Fair in Shenzhen, just outside of Hong Kong.

To help the participants gain a better understanding of the medical equipment certification process in China, the Deputy General Manager of Beijing Huamai Chengxin Technology and the Director of the CMDJ’s International Office gave a greatly appreciated presentation. Certification is one of the main obstacles in bringing Québec technologies to the Chinese market.

The mission also scheduled individual meetings, which made it possible to connect Québec businesses with Chinese distributors interested in representing them in the Asian market.

A visit to the imaging and orthopaedics research laboratory (LIO) of the École de technologie supérieure de Montréal concluded the event. As a result of the mission, Jacques A. de Guise, founding Director of the LIO, was approached to sit on the international editorial committee of the China Medical Devices Journal, which is produced by the department of health.

A growing market

The Chinese medical equipment market was worth CAD $24.6 billion in 2012, making it the 2nd largest market in Asia and 3rd in the world. China imports over 90 % of high-tech medical equipment and products, which provides very interesting business opportunities for Québec businesses.

Mission participants attended several workshops and information sessions concerning the medical sector in Québec and China.

The health care market in China - Medical equipment (in French)
Article on the China International Medical Equipment Fair 2013
Imaging and orthopaedics research laboratory
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