Medical device industry is highly regarded for the innovation and high-technology products, ranging from simple sticking plasters and contact lenses to sophisticated pacemakers and hip replacements, medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. These products are important to our health and quality of life and are used by people every day.
Estonia’s medical device market size is limited due to its small population of 1.3 million people. Nearly 80% of the medical device market is supplied by imports from western suppliers and distributed via local or regional distribution companies. Very few international manufacturers have direct representation or presence in Estonia or Baltics in general, which makes recruiting of highly skilled workforce very challenging. The country also has its own small domestic production sector, though it tends to concentrate on exports either to Europe or CIS countries.
Health Board’s (Terviseamet) medical devices department is a local authority responsible for implementing and enforcing regulations of medical devices in Estonia.