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Medical Equipment

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2019-10-13


The Russian medical device market is very attractive for U.S. companies.  The market is one of the largest in central and eastern Europe.  Despite Russian Government efforts to develop a strong and robust medical technology industry, public medical facilities prefer to buy medical devices from foreign manufacturers if they have the choice and means.  In February 2017, the Russian government extended the re-registration deadline for medical devices until 2021, which averted the need for rushed re-registration efforts that would have cost much time, effort, and money for medical device manufacturers currently present on the Russian market.

  2016 2017 2018 2019 estimated
Total Local Production 1,240.6 1,395 N/A N/A
Total Exports 130.4 160.1 N/A N/A
Total Imports 2,999.8 3,336 N/A N/A
Imports from the US N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total Market Size 4,110 4,571 4,618 4,808
Exchange Rates 67.00 58.5 60.4 65.4

(total market size = [total local production + imports] - exports)
Units: $ millions
Source: Fitch Solutions (former Business Monitor International)

In addition, the five countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are moving toward a common market for medical devices.  This process commenced in January 2016 and should be completed by January 2021, when manufacturers will have a choice to apply for solitary marketing authorization or a registration certificate valid for all EAEU five member-countries.
Russia’s 2017 market for imported medical devices was segmented as follows: diagnostic imaging: 18.4%, consumables: 14.7%, dental products: 10.5%, orthopedics & prosthetics: 8.9%, patient aids: 13.9%, and “other medical devices:” 33.5%.  Industry experts generally foresee growth in medical device imports in the coming years.

Germany, the United States, and China are Russia’s leading suppliers.  Principal U.S. exports include high-tech medical products, diagnostic imaging, and orthopedics and prosthetics.  Chinese exports consisted mostly of bandages and dressings, and therapeutic appliances.  The following American medical device manufacturers are among those present in the Russian market: J&J, GE Healthcare, Medtronic, Varian, Baxter, and Stryker. Among the leading European manufacturers present in Russia are Philips and Siemens.

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In February 2015, Russia barred foreign medical device manufacturers from participating in government tenders for a specific list of medical devices (mostly low-technology goods) if at least two producers from EAEU member countries participated in the tender.  In December 2016, the Russian government expanded the list of covered goods to include 86 additional products (such as gauze and cotton dressings, glucometers, defibrillators, and certain types of tomography scanners).  Despite this preference, there are still opportunities for U.S. suppliers where EAEU analogs do not exist.  These devices usually use innovative technologies and require large investments in R&D, including diagnostics and visualization, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, orthopedics, laboratory diagnostics, and urology equipment.


Russia’s aging population contributes to the medical device market’s growth potential.  As a result of the Russian national project “Health,” carried out from 2005 to 2011, over 10,000 municipal polyclinics received new high-tech medical equipment. This equipment needs servicing, spare parts, and disposables, providing an opportunity for U.S. companies to supply these products and services.

During President Putin’s May 7, 2018 inaugural address, he spoke about healthcare issues and his comments were reflected in the decree, “On the National Goals and Strategic Objectives of the Development of the Russian Federation through 2024.”   As part of this initiative, Russia is undertaking efforts to enhance systems for early disease detection and distance monitoring.  The main areas of focus are cancer, cardiovascular and pediatrics; and anticipated total healthcare investments for the next six years will be approximately $160 billion.

Opportunities for U.S. medical device producers exist not only in the main cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in Russia’s other regions. The “Russian Strategy for the Development of Medical Science until 2025,” which was approved in 2013, also indicates concrete opportunities for U.S. companies that can provide scientific equipment for use in research and development.

Trade Events>

Moscow International Optical Fair (MIOF)
September 10-12, 2019

Russian Congress of Laboratory Medicine
September 11-13, 2019

Dental Expo
September 23-26, 2019

International exhibition of equipment for non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics (NDT)
October 22-24, 2019

International exhibition of testing and measuring equipment, testing and control
October 22-24, 2019

Zdravookhraneniye, International Exhibition for Health Care, Medical Engineering and Pharmaceuticals
December 2-6, 2019

Analitika Expo
April 22-24, 2020

Web Resources>

Ministry of Health Care
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Federal Customs Service
Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor)
International Medical Device Manufacturers Association (IMEDA)
Fitch Solutions (former Business Monitor International)

U.S. Commercial Service Contact
Yuliya Vinogradova, Commercial Specialist
Tel: +7 (495) 728-5405