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Peru Import Regs.: Used Medical Equipment

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Peru Import Regs.: Used Medical Equipment

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:58 am

There is no restriction on the importation of used/refurbished medical equipment into Peru. However, the Directorate General of pharmaceuticals, inputs and drugs of the Ministry of Health, is not authorizing the import of used medical equipment and devices.

By law, public health hospitals, social security hospitals and armed forces hospitals can buy only new medical equipment and devices. Private sector clinics and hospitals can purchase used medical equipment.

Imports of general used equipment are treated the same as imports of new equipment. Under general health law no. 26842, imports of medical equipment and devices require a "sanitary registration" issued by the Ministry of Health. It is necessary to obtain the "certificate to foreign government" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be able to get the "sanitary registration."

In addition, the customs circular 1071 dated September 16, 1999 states that the "sanitary registration" is mandatory to release the products from customs. However, the Ministry of Health only issues the "sanitary registration" for new medical equipment. The latter only authorizes the import of used medical equipment when it is for the immediate use by a medical professional returning to Peru.
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