Exporting used medical equipments - what do I need to know?

Question posted by Maria Chiphang, on behalf of aspirem Healthcare in WA2

I am looking to export used medical equipments particularly diagnostic equipments eg. ultrasound machines, lab equipments.

Could you advise on the sourcing of the used equipments in the UK, compliances/regulations and transportation options

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Shruti Sharma, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment India in Delhi, India.

Hi Maria,

My colleague, Maju Jacob, Senior Trade & Investment Adviser - Heathcare sector, UKTI India will be able to address your query. He shall respond shortly.

Regards,
Shruti Sharma

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Please could you expand on this for example are you a business or is this for Humanitarian Purposes.
Used medical equipment especially for diagnostics requires certain medical devices directives before one can actually source any medical equipment. I do this on a charitable/voluntary basis but I will give you the information but I do not know whether is applies for a business as well.
1. YOU need two Associated Directives (93/42/EEC): (I) Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive, (ii) In Vitro Diagnostic Devices Directive (covers all medical equipment used/new).
As from the 21st March 2010 an amendment was made for the Directive (2007/47/EC).
2. Obtain these visit http://www.conformance.co.uk/adirectives/do and call 01298 873800
for all forms and information.
There is also what they call a Restrictions of Hazardous Substances Directive (Rotts) 2002/95/EC & 2011/65/EU my reason for this is that some airfreight have restrictions on these types of equipment as they have electrical components that could have other implications for terrorists and also are highly flammable again please contact the above telephone number.
Once you have these then I suggest you go for sourcing to Healthcare Siemens
http://www.helathcare.siemens.com They have a universal Free Phone number on 00800 910 9200 they are open Monday to Friday 08.00-18.00 hours (CET) or you can fax 49 9191 18 8880.
GB Medical Ltd (Hampshire) E-mail info@gb-medical.co.uk Telephone 01264 361578 or fax 01264 362 703
MediPost Medical Supplies 01305 760750
MCS Test Equipment E-mail sales@mcs-testequipment.co.uk
Telephone 0845 362 63 65
Gehealthcare visit http://ww3,gehealthcare .co.uk/en-GB for this you have to register and login and tell them exactly what you want as they do this to your specific needs.

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Sorry, I have to continue this on separate sheets, so this is a continuation.
There is also a fact sheet on Medical Equipment from the World Health organization on http://www.who.int/mediacenter/factsheets/ FACT SHEET No: 346 (September 2010). also http://search.who.int/search?q=used+medical, if not contact them on + 41 22 791 2222.
The British Red Cross send out used equipment so it is worth trying their headquarters and asking if they could be of assistance on 0844 871 1111.

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For compliance and regulations please visit http://customs.gov.uk/ Notice 701/6 (September 2003) Charity Funded Equipment for Medical , Veterinary uses etc... Also for Zero Rated/Tax Relief. Also HMRC Reference Notice 341 (March 2012) for Importing Donated Medical Equipment Free of Duty and VAT. Please contact 0845 010 9000 for further information.
(if for Humanitarian purposes one should have a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD), but HUDs should not be used until after one has obtained a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) application).

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For sending used medical equipment overseas one needs specialist packaging services for delicate, high cost, as specialist equipment must be TOTALLY TRACKABLE for security purposes so that it is not Hijacked or use for terrorist activity, especially if this to be shipped worldwide by courier, airfreight, and seafreight other than in the UK where own vehicles can be used/ or Commercial Courier.
Parcel Force have some Prohibitions and Restrictions on certain medical items, and may require a Medical Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which can be downloaded of the internet.

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Platech Group Ltd http://platechgroup.com/ or call 01592 752212 will give you all the information you require on packaging. For FEDEX they have a shipping guide and packaging brochure which can be downloaded www. FedEx.com/ca_english/shippingguide/.../packagingbrochure.pdf
For transportation of medical goods there is www.aircargoworld.com/ also one could try Kalitta Air, LLC.

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if you are exporting to India please allow up to between 13 -20% import duty if you are exporting to Ireland one needs prior approval and one may need a CDPN16.1 so for this please
E-mail customsrelief@revenue.ie.
I do this on a Humanitarian Voluntary Basis, so I hope this is of use, and if you require further information please contact 01884 35508,.

Rosa

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Ryan Beck, on behalf of BF Projects Limited in BT3.

Hi

My name is Ryan from BF Projects in Belfast, I would be happy to help with any Export rates that you may need? We work closely with ALL Major shipping lines and can get the best rates in the Market today. You can contact me on the below

02890 371144

Ryan@bfprojects.co.uk

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Tony Brown, on behalf of UKTI North West in M17.

Exporting used medical equipment does not usually give any great problems. You generally do not need an export license unless you are selling to countries with sanctions imposed on them, or if the equipment contains radioactive sources.
Shipping is also usually very straightforward, either couriers or freight forwarders can help. Be aware that if the goods are classed as dangerous goods (flammable / compressed gases / radioactive are the most common in medical equipment) you must tell the freight forwarder or courier so that they can be properly packed and labelled.
Importing and selling in your destination market will very likely give problems as most countries have strict regulations governing the importation and sale of medical devices. Best to use a local agent or distributor familiar with this segment of the market

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Good Morning

I see you are looking for used medical equipment in the UK so I wanted to make you aware of our company, Avensys UK Ltd. Please feel free to take a look at our website and within the 'Sales' page you can see the second-hand items we currently have available.

All items are backed by inspection by our bio-medical engineers and we have experience with global shipping. You can reach us here - http://www.avensysmedical.co.uk/sales/

I hope this helps, please feel free to e-mail us at info@avensysmedical.co.uk

Many thanks,

Francesca

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Levi Jeter, on behalf of Rugys in United States.

Before exporting medical equipments , your equipments should be cleared by the health care regulatory board. As such it is not difficult to trade with European Union (EU) countries as it is a single market and the goods are in free circulation. However, you have to face many customs checks that might lead to delays in consignment’s delivery and possibly longer shipping times. Most important is to have an export license in the healthcare and medical sector along with certificates of free sale as well. I hope it helps.

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Mark Scanlon, on behalf of Brunel Shipping in London.

Hi Maria,

I hope you are well?

We are an International Freight Forwarding company based at Heathrow, we are specialists in Pharma and Medical device shipping by Air, Sea and Road worldwide.

Please feel free to email me for further information at mscanlon@brunelaircargo.co.uk

Thanks

Mark.

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