The Turkish medical devices and supplies industry is a fast developing sector with recent investments in most fields. In fact, during the past decade the industry has undergone significant changes.
Medical Device sector in Turkey
The Turkish medical devices and supplies industry is a fast developing sector with recent
investments in most fields. In fact, during the past decade the industry has undergone significant
The number of items produced has increased and at the same time, the quality has improved. The
number of manufacturers in the industry has increased as well. Turkish medical devices and
supplies industry with the quality of its medical products reached a level, which it can compete
with many countries.
Turkish medical manufacturers have shown a significant increase in production and have diverse
product groups such as medical and surgical instruments and appliances, wadding, gauze,
bandages, medical disposables, syringes, needle and catheters, ophthalmic instruments, dental
instruments, laboratory diagnostics, wound closure equipment and so on. At present, the industry
manufactures thousands of items ranging from the simplest disposables to the most complicated
Turkish medical devices and disposables manufacturers comply with international procedures,
quality and safety standards such as the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), GHP (Good
Health Practices), ISO standards and CE marking of the EU. The Turkish healthcare market has
great volume due to the country?s population of about 72.5 million and their increasing health
concerns. This means that the market is a huge and promising one for international companies
who intend to enter into joint ventures and other forms of mutually beneficial cooperation with
their Turkish counterparts. The development of private hospitals, clinics, health centres has
shown enormous growth in Turkey, particularly for plastic and cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics,
and ophthalmology. It is also worthwhile to mention here the Turkish pharmaceutical industry
with its present level of development, high production capacity and exports. There are nearly 300
firms in this sector. Among 43 dealing with production, 14 of them are multinational companies.
The exports of the pharmaceutical industry totalled US $ 474 million in 2009.
The Turkish medical devices and supplies industry fulfils domestic demand for some products
and also exports a relatively significant amount. In 2009 exports totalled approximately US $
? Harmonisation with the EU and sector modernisation holding considerable potential for
the Turkish market
? Significant scope for growth, given the size of the population and the current low
? Introduction of universal health insurance coverage
? Potential for generic sector growth, with market demand patterns structured by a cost
conscious government and a low-income population
? Export trade to benefit from closer links with the EU, an improvement in local industry
standards and an increase in international investment
? Potential site for clinical trials
Recent introduction of new research and development (R&D) legislation, designed to facilitate
Latest export opportunities ? healthcare and Medical
Latest export opportunities - Turkey
Getting into the market
The Turkish Health legislation has been adopted from the EU Legislation. All EU standards have
been adapted into the system.
More about doing business in Turkey
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
? Ms Asiye Yaman
Trade & Investment Adviser
Ankara - Turkey
Tel: +90 312 455 3246
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events ? Healthcare and medical
EXPOMED (Medical and surgical instruments and appliances, laboratory equipment &
diagnostics) Fair Istanbul
12-15 April 2012
MEDIST (Medical and surgical instruments and appliances, laboratory equipment & diagnostics)
13-16 October 201 2
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