EuroCham Pharma and Medtech Working Group bi-monthly meeting was hosted by PT B-Braun Medical Indonesia. Held on 19 July 2019, the meeting agenda included upcoming events, policy updates, and presentation by external speaker from the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM). Mr. Arief Dwi Putranto (Deputy Director of Information System, BPOM) shared the implementation of Regulation on 2D Barcodes for Drugs and Foods Supervision, reasoning behind the stipulations and urgency to overcome current challenges, such as globalization, e-commerce trade, and 4.0 industry by tracking and tracing via BPOM mobile application. He explained also the utilization method of 2D Barcodes for various categories of drugs, consisting of authentication and identification method.
As a second agenda, the meeting announced Laksmi Prasvita of Bayer Indonesia as the newly elected patron board for the working group. Following this announcement, the group discussed regular policy updates related with Patent Law, Compulsory License and E-Catalogue. The group also discussed upcoming events on 26 July 2019, when the group in collaboration with US-ASEAN Business Council held a focus group discussion on Government Procurement for Healthcare in the Era of JKN.
The Import-Export Procedures Working Group met on 22 July 2019 to exchange latest updates on policy development related to both import and export procedures. The meeting was opened by EuroCham Executive Director, Mr. Samuel Siahaan, followed a meeting discussion moderated by the Head and Deputy Head of EuroCham Import-Export Procedures Working Group, Mr. Rachmat Hidayat (Director of Government Relation of Danone Indonesia) and Ms. Prita Hapsari, (Customs Manager for Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand of Unilever). Topics raised by the group were efforts by the government of Indonesia to simplify export requirements in hope to boost export from the country, follow ups of position papers 2019 that already summarized some key challenges and recommendations from member companies for the government of Indonesia, and updates on plan to revise the procedures for imposition of Import Duty Tariffs based on FTAs. This meeting was attended by around 45 representatives of member companies.