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COVID-19-Important Information for Industry

Important Information for Industry

 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Government of Canada team up to launch Canadian Business Resilience Network to help businesses get through COVID-19

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has established the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) in partnership with the Government of Canada to help the business community prepare, persevere and, ultimately, prosper in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. A website (cbrn.ca) serves as a central hub for credible information on business support programs and other tools and insights. 

 

Ontario expands emergency child care; includes medical device manufacturing workers

The Ontario government announced that is expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency child care and we are very pleased to report that the list includes, "medical supplies and device manufacturing workers". The government's news release on this can be found here.

 

Free CSA Standards

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) has made a selection of relevant standards available for no-fee view access through the online platform at the following link:  COVID-19 Response Standards and Handbooks / Normes pour faire face au COVID-19

The following standards are currently included:

  • Z1600-17, Emergency and continuity management program
  • CAN/CSA-Z94.4-18, Selection, use, and care of respirators
  • CSA Z8002:19, Operation and maintenance of health care facilities
  • CSA Z317.2:19, Special requirements for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning(HVAC) systems in health care facilities
  • Z8000-18, Canadian health care facilities
  • CAN/CSA-Z1630-17, Community paramedicine: Framework for program development Z317.10-15, Handling of health care waste materials
  • CAN/CSA-Z317.13-17, Infection control during construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities
  • Z317.14-17, Wayfinding for health care facilities
  • Z1003.1-18, Psychological health and safety in the paramedic service organizations CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 (R18), Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation
  • SPE Z1003 Implementation Handbook, Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

If you are a manufacturer or emergency service responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and require access to a standard, please contact sales@csagroup.org so that we can arrange for complimentary working access to the document.

 

Prime Minister announces production of more medical supplies and equipment in Canada

Please note that the official announcement regarding the production of more medical supplies and equipment in Canada has now been posted to the Prime Minister’s web site:

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/07/prime-minister-announces-production-more-medical-supplies-and

(aussi disponible en français : https://pm.gc.ca/fr/nouvelles/communiques/2020/04/07/premier-ministre-annonce-la-fabrication-de-plus-de-fournitures-et)

 

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.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides important information regarding exports of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the U.S. to Canada

Link to Memo:Updated Guidance for the Presidential Memorandum Regarding Allocating Certain Scarce of Threatened Health or Medical Resources to Domestic Use

Please note that on page two of the memo it indicates that exports to Canada from the U.S. are excluded from the measures the US government is putting in place to withhold key products for U.S. use.Medtech Canada encourages members who export PPE from the U.S. to Canada to consult their own legal counsel on this matter.

 

Canada Border Services Agency Customs Notice for Importation of Medical Supplies
 
The Canadian Border Services Agency posted a notice to importers of medical supplies, “to help inform the commercial importing community of the tariff classification number and other potentially useful information for the importation of certain medical supplies”.  

One particularly key element is that they’re asking importers of COVID-19 related products to label them, ‘URGENT – COVID-19’. From the notice:  

“At this time, we request that importers add the term ‘URGENT – COVID-19’ for goods description in release information submitted to the CBSA for all medical devices being imported to Canada for this purpose.”  

The Customs Notice can be found 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


CTO COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Clinical Trials Ontario is committed to helping advance COVID-19 research and clinical trials as quickly and effectively as possible by connecting the clinical trials community, sharing relevant information, and getting studies off the ground efficiently. On CTO’s new webpage, helpful resources, relevant news items, lists of Canadian COVID-19 studies and a list of COVID-19 studies currently in CTO Stream. Click HERE for more information. 

 

OCE is working with our ecosystem partners to take proactive action in response to the global health crisis related to COVID-19

OCE launched the COVID-19 Collaboration Platform to identify innovative technologies, small to mid-sized enterprises and experts from across the province to help fill the current product and service gaps related to COVID-19. Click HERE for more information. 

 

ventureLAB's COVID-19 Resources for your Business: 


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

 

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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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