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Part1 :The medical devices import volume in Thailand

What kind of medical devices are imported into Thailand? How are they grouped?

The Thai government classifies medical devices based on its purpose and as follows:

Group 1: Medical consumable products (Single-use device) used for general medical treatment. For example, syringes catheters, rubber gloves, other dental devices, and appliances.

Group 2: “Durable medical device”, which is a product/equipment that has a service life not less than 1 year. Example of these include first aid kits, patient trolleys, patient beds, medical, surgical, dental, scientific equipment and supplies and X-ray machines, etc.

Group 3: Reagents and test kit products, such as reagents for diagnostic kits for surveillance of diseases, pregnancy test kits HIV testing kits and food contaminant testing kits.

Figure 1.Statistics of clinical trial cases According to Krungsri Research. Thailand has the highest combined export and import value of medical devices in ASEAN region.
Most of imported products are Group1 and 2 which have a similar proportion at 40.5% and 42.7% respectively.
Examples of products imported into Thailand include ultrasound machines, x-ray machines, and heart rate monitors, etc. Most of these products are imported from the US, China, Germany and Japan.

According to the Plastic Institute of Thailand, the 2nd Quarter of 2021 showed an increase by 4,285 million baht or 129 million USD (or+22.96%) in comparison to……