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No-deal Brexit and the medical device industry: what to expect

Considering the sheer scale of the sector, talk of border delays, technical hold-ups and stockpiling bodybags hasn’t exactly painted a hopeful picture of the situation, and the overarching impact of no-deal on medical devices could be huge.

The UK has established a £25m contract to set up a 12-month express freight service to maintain the supply of medical devices and pharmaceuticals into the country in the event of no-deal. The British government hopes the contract will enable it to ship small parcels into the UK on a 24-hour basis and transit larger packages within four days. This could ensure these critical products reach patients even if customs checks and other logistical issues are caused by Brexit border delays.