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COVID-19

The health and well-being of Canadians is of the utmost importance to Medtech Canada. Our members provide products and technologies that are of critical importance to the delivery of health care such as diagnostic tests that enable the diagnosis of disease, personal protective equipment for front-line health care workers and respiratory support equipment that aid in the healing of the sick.

Our association is working closely with government departments of health and economic development across Canada to seek to ensure the continuity of critical areas of the health care supply chain. We will continue working with our government and health system partners every day to assist in any way we can to address COVID-19 and maintain the health of Canadians.Many measures have been taken since this pandemic started in Canada and this page will seek to share relevant information relating to medical technology and COVID-19 in Canada.

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About Medtech Canada 

Opportunities for Industry to Offer Solutions

Regulatory

Other Important Information for Industry


About Medtech Canada

Medtech Canada is the national association that represents the medical technology industry in Canada.We’re working closely with government officials in health and economic development across Canada to facilitate connections with companies and proactively seek to ensure the continuity of critical areas of the health care supply chain.  We’re also working to ensure that governments are taking measures to facilitate expedited access to necessary products during this difficult time and are helping to improve the efficiency of communication between our industry and government departments.

Click here to view the statement on COVID-19 from Brian Lewis, President & CEO, Medtech Canada.


Opportunities for Industry to Offer Solutions

*Please note that in many of the cases below, governments are not just seeking COVID-19 related products, but in some cases “out of the box solutions” or other products, so we encourage all our members to review the government requests.*

 

Federal: COVID-19 related products and services procurement (ongoing) + Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 

In support of the Government of Canada’s whole-of-government response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they are asking suppliers about their ability to provide a number of related products and services. There is a list of products that they’re seeking, but also provide an opportunity for companies to submit other products. 

https://buyandsell.gc.ca/calling-all-suppliers-help-canada-combat-covid-19 

 

Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19

Additionally,  the Prime Minister announced, “Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19, which will create pathways to deploy resources to domestic manufacturers and businesses so they can help during this critical time.”

The Plan introduces new measures to directly support these businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19. These products could include critical health and safety supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology.

For more info about the plan, see the news release here and the backgrounder here.

 

Federal government seeking PPE donations

The federal government is requesting donations from corporations of excess PPE products.  These products will be provided to front-line healthcare workers to support them in fighting COVID-19.  If you have products to donate, and do not have an MDEL for Class I products, please contact Matthew Ryan at Health Canada at matthew.ryan@canada.ca.

 

3D printing and other unconventional manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to COVID-19

The Government of Canada has provided a communication to provide information to those intending to 3D print PPE in response to the COVID-19 crisis, in order to ensure that safe, effective, and high quality PPE are produced for Canadian healthcare workers. Click here for more information. 

 

HSCN Launches COVID-19 Information Sharing Portal

HSCN is providing its members and wider community across Canada with important COVID-19 information through a special portal on its website. HSCN COVID-19 Information Resources has links, bulletins and information sourced from across Canada and around the globe which may be of interest or benefit to you and your organization.

 

Ontario outlines supplies and services it seeks to fight COVID-19

The Ontario Government has launched Ontario Together, a new website that will help businesses and work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

We have been asked by the Ontario Government to strongly urge all our members to register on the website www.ontario.ca/ontariotogether - including those member companies who may feel that their products and services are already “known” to the Ontario Government.

Ontario: Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open @ 1-888-444-3659

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. Click here for more details. 


Quebec Government Support for Medtech Suppliers

The Quebec government has called for medtech collaboration and proposes support for manufacturing. The announcement can be found here

Companies that need support to increase their production capacity or manufacturers that can quickly convert their infrastructure to meet demand for medical supplies, such as gloves, gowns, sanitizer and masks (see appended list for details) can play an important role in reducing the risk of medium- to long-term shortages. These companies are therefore invited to contact the Government at the following e-mail address about their interest in producing these items: jecontribue@economie.gouv.qc.ca.

Quebec COVID-19 portal for citizens and businesses is here: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/

 

Nova Scotia Health Authority shares needed products list

Scott Moffit, Executive Director of BIONOVA, has been working with officials in Nova Scotia to understand their needs and engage with them about how the medtech community can support them. Please see the below link for a list of products they are seeking:

List of products Nova Scotia is seeking

If your company can provide any of these products, please get in touch with Scott (contact below) and he’ll connect you with the appropriate people at the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Scott Moffitt Executive Director, BIONOVA

P 902-421-5705 Ext. 1

M 902-402-7742

smoffitt@bionova.ca

 

BC Announces Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit and Deems Medtech Industry Essential

Service BC recently established a “new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution; taking a more active role in co-ordinating essential goods and services movement by land, air, marine and rail; and suspending any bylaws that restrict goods delivery at any time of day.” More info on this can be found here.

Additionally, the province has also deemed the medtech industry an essential service. The full list can be found here.

 

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics. 

Projects will be selected for funding according to critical needs identified by the Government of Canada and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for both patients and health care workers. 

NGen will prioritize funding for projects that can have an immediate impact between April and the end of June 2020 and will fund eligible costs for projects within this timeframe up to 100% (depending on the level of knowledge and information sharing to help Canadians). 

Projects that will have an impact in the medium term – beyond the June 30 timeframe may also be considered for funding at 50%. Projects are not expected to exceed funding of more than $5m. 

We ask for your support to expand the reach of this program by leveraging your extensive networks. 

  • Companies looking for support in launching production of critical products to fight COVID-19 can indicate their interest at www.ngen.ca/covid-19-response.  

For more information on NGen’s COVID-19 Response Program, see the full bulletin , review the project guide , share your capabilities and follow us on Twitter @NGen_Canada for updates. 

 

Call to Action: Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19

English: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html

French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/services/entreprises/maintenirfairecroitreameliorerentreprise/aide-manufacturiers.html 

 

Urgent appeal for face masks from SE Health

Please see the below appeal from Medtech Canada partner, SE Health:

We are reaching out the communities in which we work, to help us find unopened PPE that has not expired. Industry, University, Other Health Professionals, Community Centres and Individuals.  If you would like to donate, please reach out to Hadi at hadisalah@sehc.com (anytime), or call our dedicated donations hotline: 1-866-244-6685 Ext. 140144 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m). We can arrange for pick up, and we have drop off locations across Ontario.

 

Michael Garron Hospital PPE Drive

Hospitals Urgently Need PPE to Fight COVID-19. You can help by donating supplies: https://theppedrive.com/


Regulatory

Health Canada has been expediting access to many technologies required to combat COVID-19. Below are notices from the regulator on this:


Health Canada expedites access to COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory test kits and other medical devices

Expedited access to disinfectants, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as swabs for testing

Health Canada has posted information optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak

 

List of diagnostic devices currently authorized for use in Canada for COVID-19 (and those being evaluated). This page is updated daily: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/covid-19.html

 

GETTING COVID-19 MEDICAL DEVICES INTO CANADA- Click HERE for Health Canada pathways 

 

Notice: Expedited Review of Health Product Submissions and Applications to address COVID-19 [2020-03-18]

 

Notice for Industry: Mandatory Reporting Requirement during the COVID-19 Pandemic [2020-03-23]

 

Applications for Medical Devices under the Interim Order for Use in Relation to COVID-19 - Guidance Document [2020-03-26]

 

Health Canada now has a specific section for COVID-19 announcements: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/what-new.html

 

Notice: Importation or sale of ventilators - use of US FDA guidance and Canadian requirements for authorization under the Interim Order [2020-03-25]

 

Other Manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipment in response to COVID-19 [2020-04-01]

 


Other Important Information for Industry

Canada-U.S. temporary border closure

The Prime Minister announced the temporary closure of the Canada-U.S. border as part of the response to COVID-19. The government has indicated that all essential and business travel will continue unimpeded.

For more info, please see the government’s news release here.

Medical Technology Industry Deemed Essential During Temporary Business Closures

We’re pleased to confirm that the medical technology/device industry has been deemed an essential business in all provinces. The CFIB has good resources on what’s required to close and what’s not in each province: https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/tools-resources/covid-19-business-essential-service


Ontario

In Ontario, the list of exempted workplaces can be found here:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/list-of-essential-workplaces.html

 

Quebec
 
Premier François Legault has announced today that in an effort to contain further the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, all non-essential businesses are ordered to shut down as of March 24th, midnight until April 13th unless operations are conducted from home.
 
Exempted businesses are listed here:
https://www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/a-z/coronavirus-2019/fermeture-endroits-publics-commerces-services-covid19/

 

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Medtech Canada is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our association advocates for achieving patient access to leading edge, innovative technology solutions that provide valuable outcomes. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our health care system. The medical technology industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in approximately 1,500 facilities across the country.



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