The EU does not recognize the medtech industry’s certificates for existing products. Companies therefore no longer want to accept Swiss goods in order not to violate applicable law themselves.
The negotiations on the framework agreement between Switzerland and the EU have failed.
Now the first cases are public that the EU no longer allows imports from Switzerland.
These are not just products that are new to the market. Earlier products with a certificate are also affected.
The negotiations for Framework agreement officially failed. Now the industry association Swiss Medtech reports that two companies are no longer allowed to deliver their products to the EU.
According to the “SonntagsZeitung”, this applies not only to products that are new to the market, but also to tried and tested products with a Swiss certificate. This is now worthless from the point of view of the EU.
Daniel Delfosse, member of the executive board of Swiss Medtech, says: “From a factual point of view, this decision by the EU Commission is incomprehensible. It is a reaction to the policy of the Federal Council. “
Approvals take time, customers are looking for new partners
And yet companies seem hesitant to accept goods from Switzerland. Because they run the risk of violating the rules that are now in force. Swiss companies could have their products recertified in the EU. But that happens little by little for each individual product. According to their own statements, this would be manageable for the medtech industry, but they are concerned that many customers are looking for suppliers from other countries during this process.
Bilateral agreement closed
The bilateral agreement to dismantle technical barriers to trade (MRA) would actually regulate how Switzerland and the EU would mutually recognize their certificates. However, after the failure of the framework agreement, the EU no longer seems ready to update the MRA.
46 percent of medtech exports to the EU
Before the corona pandemic, medical technology manufacturers with exports of 12 billion Swiss francs were responsible for 5 percent of total Swiss exports in 2019. 46 percent of these exports went to the EU.
The SP (Social Democratic Party of Switzerland) wants to force the Federal Council to quickly conduct accession negotiations with the European Union. To this end, the comrades want to decide on an advance on Tuesday, June 8th. This comes from Fabian Molina, who belongs to the pro-European wing of the SP. This is what the “SonntagsZeitung” writes. The chances are good for Molina to assert herself internally, as the top of the parliamentary group and party are behind the 30-year-old. “After the failure of the framework agreement, full participation in the EU is the best way forward for our country. Only if we join can we have a say in the rules that we have to adopt one way or another, ”says Molina about the move. The Federal Council and the other parties would have to comment on possible EU accession. (dmo)
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