To successfully enter the UAE healthcare market, it is important to know the company setup process and local legal compliance.
In this insight, learn how you can import healthcare products, medical devices, and other supplies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other Emirates. Additionally, get to know the options you have to enter UAE’s thriving healthcare market.
If you are interested in the medical supply trade, you may enter the Dubai market in two ways.
Firstly, you must apply for product approvals from the Ministry of Health (Ministry of Health and Prevention). Second, you can set up a medical supply business, or legal entity such as a medical supplier or retailer business.
Alternatively, the company can look to engage a local distribution agent or commercial agent who is MOH-licensed for import and distribution. On the other hand, you can also take the distributor route by engaging with a registered local distribution agent or commercial agent.
The agent or your partner company will then have to register your products in the market and own the distribution rights to your brand in UAE the local agent. Of note, unwinding the contract for reasons such as commercial agency agreements will be hard to do in the future.
Firstly, the importer must be a legal entity established in the UAE or a UAE national to import and sell healthcare products in the country. Then, register the company with the correct activities mentioning the pharma or medical equipment trade. Following the business setup, the company should submit product details and comply with the right authorities for approval.
By and large the Ministry of Health (Ministry of Health and Prevention) controls the distribution and importation of medical devices, equipment, and all consumables throughout the UAE. To distribute products one must correctly set up and register with the correct activities on the Department of Economic Development (DED) Trade Licence.
To be an authorised reseller of the devices, the company will need to register under MOHAP to import and sell the goods directly to hospitals. Companies seeking registration with the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention can opt for two distinct registrations.
Specifically, if the intent is to sell directly to healthcare facilities, registration as an authorized reseller is suggested. And along with this are necessitating adherence to specific requirements.
On the contrary, if the company wishes to use an intermediary registered seller to the healthcare systems/hospitals, no registration or warehouse is required.
Effectively navigating the medical equipment trading sector in Dubai requires strict adherence to regulations outlined by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Federal law mandates the registration of all medical equipment and pharmaceutical products, permitting the distribution exclusively of registered items within the country.
A mainland UAE license is a crucial step for trading and importing medical equipment in Dubai. The Dubai Health Authority outlines two key activities related to this business:
This category involves reselling specific instruments and precise medical apparatuses. Generally, it includes items for treating various diseases and health disorders.
For example, earphones, batteries for cardiac patients, pulse regulators, walking sticks, splints for bone fractures, medical shoes, artificial limbs, dentures, and dental aligners.
Also, surgical requisites like artificial organs and parts to replace damaged organs, bone joints, and heart valves. In addition to surgical suture bandages and plasters.
It encompasses selling medical devices and reselling instruments used in healthcare settings. To clarify this activity covers a wide range, including diagnostic, treatment, surgical, and rehabilitation equipment.
Both trading activities can be consolidated under a single license making it efficient to operate within a broader scope. Establishing a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a popular choice, allowing 100% foreign ownership.
Alternatively, businesses may opt for a Corporate Nominee Partner, such as PRO Partner Group, to hold 51% or less, facilitating smoother interactions with local or government medical entities. Furthermore, this strategic approach eliminates the need for a commercial agent and ensures long-term control and protection for the foreign party.
The UAE government’s proactive strides to improve the healthcare sector drive demand to import medical devices and medical equipment in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other Emirates.
Moreover, Dubai stands out as an enticing destination for establishing a medical equipment trading enterprise because of its business-friendly environment. Of note, Dubai remains the gateway to introduce innovations and products in the Middle East healthcare market.
In conclusion, by understanding the options and benefits, businesses can make informed decisions for a successful venture in the medical equipment trading sector in Dubai.
Finally, for entrepreneurs seeking a seamless and efficient registration process, NH Management offers expert guidance and assistance throughout the entire setup journey. Interested individuals can connect with us via email or through our hotline number 800 64626.
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