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12 February 2021 – Information
Critical infrastructure

The Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP) already confirmed in March 2020 that Swiss Medtech and its members are classified as «critical infrastructure and vital services». The information letter from the (FOCP)(in German) addresses, in the sense of contingency planning, how the continued operation of critical infrastructure can be made possible in the event of any restrictions on mobility. 

Vaccination strategy

Swiss Medtech has repeatedly asked the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) to explicitly include the medical technology sector or selected professional groups in the prioritised group of people covered by the COVID 19 vaccination strategy (in German). The FOPH is considering our request, but has so far remained non-binding in terms of time. They could not say when the next evaluation of the target groups would take place. We took the success of BVMed (in German), which was communicated last week, as a renewed reason to press the FOPH for clarification. The FOPH assured us that our request had been received and that it would be examined during the next evaluation of the target groups, but the answer was not binding in terms of time. 

22 September 2020 – Information

An update on import taxes on protective gear is available on the German and French Corona-Ticker page.

To the French page

To the German page

7 July 2020 – COVID-19 Ordinance 3

Ordinance 3 on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus of 19 June 2020 (Status as of 6 July 2020) revokes all previous ordinances.

COVID-19 Ordinance 3

1 May 2020 – Procurement platform

On behalf of the Armed Forces Pharmacy, Swiss Medtech set up a procurement platform to enable the Armed Forces Pharmacy to structure the procurement process for large quantities. 

8 April 2020 – Tariff suspensions for medical devices and derogations for the placing on the market of personal protective equipment

The Federal Council has decided to temporarily set customs duties on imports of medical goods (masks, examination gloves, protective clothing, protective goggles and disinfectants) at zero. The measure affects all products defined in the World Customs Organisation (WCO) COVID-19 medical supply classification reference, for which the normal customs duty rate is not already zero. The duty suspensions apply until 9 October 2020. 
Press release of the Federal Council (in German)Ordinance (in German)

6 April 2020 – Swiss Medtech Compliance Instructions for COVID-19 Emergency Aids

Swiss Medtech publishes the «Swiss Medtech Compliance Guide to COVID-19 Emergency Aids» based on the corresponding guidelines of MedTech Europe. 

Swiss Medtech Compliance Guide to COVID-19 Emergency Aids (in German)

24 March 2020 – Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV)

The SNV provides several COVID-19 PSA and MD standards free of charge. More