The Ministry of Health recently open e-Catalogue registration to 242 types of devices in 17 categories. License holders of these devices were given three weeks to submit applications with a July 14th deadline. A copy of the Ministry announcement (in Bahasa Indonesia) is available on the Indonesia page of the Asia Actual web site.
After slow initial adoption, participation in the e-Catalogue procurement system is now understood to be highly advantageous to public hospitals sales in Indonesia. As a result, enrollment applications have overwhelmed the Ministry of Health’s processing capacity.
Initially, The Ministry of Health processed applications on a first-come-first-served basis. Wait times under this approach steadily increased from 3 months to 6 months or longer. Applicants were limited to 10 devices per session. More recently, the Ministry had stopped accepting enrollment applications for medical devices all together.
This new action signals a change in approach to call for blocks of devices at one time. There was no limit to the number of device applications submitted per license holder. It is expected that the Ministry will call for a new block of devices in the coming months.
Medical device manufacturers are advised to work with their Indonesia license holder to prepare enrollment applications in anticipation of their device category being called in the next session.