Trade and investment liberalization plays an important role for promoting free movement of a number of advanced and innovative medical products (i.e. pharmaceuticals and medical devices) across borders. Nonetheless, there is also a need for economies to regulate medical products to protect the welfare of end users and healthcare professionals. Chinese Taipei would like to propose a seminar serving as a forum for experience-sharing of the APEC economies relating to the international cooperation in addressing trade and regulatory issues of medical products. The objective of the seminar is to facilitate the APEC members’ understanding on current undertakings and progress in this area and to explore possible future cooperation opportunities to accommodate the interests of both the patients/healthcare sector and national regulators.
This seminar is tentatively arranged as a half-day event on October 24, 2016 in Taipei. The seminar is made up of three sessions, each of the first two sessions run by different speakers from the APEC economies in interest, and the final session is engaged with all the speakers for an extensive roundtable discussions. Each speaker is given approximately 20 minutes to deliver the presentations in line with the subject of the seminar, by addressing the perspectives or experiences of some certain APEC members.