Middle East


Treasury Department Eases Sanctions on Medical Device Exports to Iran

The U.S. Treasury Department has recently expanded the range of medical devices that may be exported or reexported from the United States to Iran without the need for specific authorization from the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Read More

Russia, Iran Sign Agreement on Drug, Device Regulation

Russia’s regulatory agency Roszdravnadzor and Iran’s Food and Drug Administration have entered into a cooperative agreement on the regulation of drugs and medical devices. Read More

Israeli Team Develops Device That Shortens Chest-Tube Insertion Time

A team in Israel has developed a device that shortens the amount of time it takes to insert a chest tube from 10 minutes to less than 30 seconds. Read More

Companies Make New Investments in Israel

Israel’s medical device industry is the focus of millions of dollars of new investment — including recent ventures led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Read More

Saudi FDA Sets Criteria for Medical Device Advertising

The Saudi FDA is clarifying expectations for devicemakers when it comes to advertising. Read More

Brazilian Officials Eye Further Trade with Iran, Including Medical Devices

Following the international thawing of relations with Iran, Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency conducted a prospective trade mission to that country, with medical devices and hospital equipment being one of the areas of focus. Read More

Medtronic, IBM Watson Join Forces With Israel VCs for Digital Health

A partnership of four organizations that includes medtech giant Medtronic has been awarded a tender for a life sciences incubator in Haifa, Israel, with the aim of advancing digital medicine. Read More

Saudi FDA Ratchets Up Controls on Device Clinical Trials

New guidance requires devicemakers to obtain approval before starting clinical investigations in the country. Read More

Saudi Guidance Clarifies Rules on Label Format, Language

The Saudi Food and Drug Administration says medical devices meant for use by healthcare professionals should be labeled in English, whether they are in paper or electronic format. Read More

Saudi FDA Sets Criteria for Bundling Device Marketing Authorizations

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has released draft guidance for devicemakers looking to bundle marketing authorization dossiers for multiple types of devices in a single application. Read More