Swiss Take Steps to Guarantee Supplies of EU Medical Products

Switzerland’s government is taking steps to ensure makers of medical devices in the European Union can continue to sell their products in the country even after a key treaty expires next week.

There will be a period of transition to help companies adapt after the mutual recognition agreement for medical technology producers expires on May 26, the government in Bern said. It didn’t specify a time frame.

The change means “the equivalence of Swiss standards with those of the EU remains in effect, so that an update of the MRA down the road remains a possibility,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Switzerland and the EU have been at odds for several years about an agreement to formalize and deepen relations. Officials in Brussels had made progress on this so-called “framework deal,” a prerequisite for any update of the agreement facilitating the cross-border sale of medical products.

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