Relocation of EU sourcing bases: how Moroccan medical devices plan to do well

Relocation of EU sourcing bases: how Moroccan medical devices plan to do well

Through various partnerships, the Medical Industries Cluster capitalizes on all skills, industrial and intellectual, institutional and private, in order to achieve national sovereignty in the health sector. Better still, the organization is supporting market share for Made in Morocco medical devices and health products in the midst of the relocation of global sourcing bases.

The restructuring of value chains and the relocation of European sourcing bases are in full swing. With the Covid and the crises that followed it, in particular the explosion in the cost of energy and raw materials, the disruption of supply chains, the disruption of logistics flows within supply chains, or even the rise in the price of containers, having laid bare the limits of sourcing concentrated on China, Europeans are increasingly favoring sourcing bases close to their territory.

It is in this context that took place, on Tuesday, June 21, the signing of a memorandum of understanding for collaboration between the Union of Hospitals for Purchasing (UNIHA), the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the MMI and Green Health Logistics Cluster relating to the sourcing of medical devices and health products made in Morocco, in the presence of Bouchra Meddah, Director of the Medicines and Pharmacy Department (DMP).

Contacted by Les Inspirations ECO, Idder Mounir, Managing Director of the Medical Industries Cluster (MMI), tells us a little more. “What we target at the beginning is all that is simple. Class I products, i.e. compresses, plasters… and maybe class IIA products like syringes, infusion sets, etc., so simple things, which cannot be manufactured in Europe, because labor is expensive there. But who are in Morocco or China.

Since China is far away and getting supplies there is not very safe, Morocco is positioned at the top of the list to be able to strategically supply the EU with medical devices”. Our source specifies that, later, this agreement will certainly take into account more complex medical devices and health products. “We are not talking about scanners or MRIs. It will be in a second or third time. To get started, the positioning of Moroccan suppliers is relatively simple at first, insofar as the range of products supplied is small and not very complex.

Then, the rise in range will be crescendo. To do this, there will have to be alignment with the required standards, given that the sector is quite sensitive, with very strict normative barriers. On this aspect, the Moroccan Institute for Standardization (IMANOR) will be called upon to establish “Moroccan standards which are fully in line with and superimposable on European standards”.

The Cluster multiplies initiatives aimed at boosting Made in Morocco medical devices and health products
Three weeks ago, on the sidelines of the International Health Fair, Morocco Medical Expo 2022, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Apogy Medical, Conmedic and the Moroccan Medical and Biomedical Industry Cluster (MMI) for the local catheter manufacturing (class III product). Two weeks ago, it was the turn of Temponature, Icemedics, Conmedic and the MMI Cluster to conclude a memorandum of understanding for the local manufacture of syringes and medical gloves.

Then to the MMI Cluster and the Banque centrale populaire (BCP) to sign a partnership agreement to support companies and employees in the medical device and health product industry sector in Morocco. Born from everyone’s awareness of the dependence on imports during the health crisis of a sector as vital as that of health, and through the country’s dynamic of developing “Made in Morocco”, the MMI Cluster aims to vocation to set up an ecosystem conducive to the medical device and health product industry in Morocco.

Thus, all the actors, in a patriotic spirit, gathered around this project in order to develop different sectors within this industry. Through various partnerships with the Ministries of Industry and Health, hospitals, private clinics, universities, foundations and research centers, the Cluster capitalizes on all skills, industrial and intellectual, institutional and private, in order to achieve national sovereignty in the health sector.

Thus, the missions assigned to this Cluster range from the establishment of an ecosystem of the medical device and health product industry in Morocco, to the creation of an environment conducive to national and international investment. in the medical device and health product industry sector in Morocco.

Through support for manufacturers in their certification and approval processes, marketing, research into new markets and other facilitations. But, also, by promoting and accelerating collaborative projects between the different actors (industrialists, hospitals, private clinics, universities, research centers, foundations and institutions).

Modeste Kouamé / ECO Inspirations





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