On 26 July 2019, EuroCham Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Working Group in collaboration with US-ASEAN Business Council conducted a Focus Group Discussions (FGD) on Government Procurement for Healthcare in the Era of Universal Healthcare. The event was opened by Landry Subianto (Chief Country Representative US-ABC Indonesia and Hanum Yahya (Head of Pharma & Medtech Working Group Eurocham Indonesia). The discussion itself focus on few challenges in the implementation of the National Health Assurance, among other the procedures and public procurement methods related to e-catalogue procurement. Under the Presidential Regulation No 16 of 2018, the procurement of drugs and medical devices is carried out through electronic procurement system. This discussion is intended to build an open and constructive dialogue with relevant policy makers and industry players invited as the speakers, namely Prakorsa Grahayudiandono, (Ministry of National Development Planning), Sri Utaminingsih, (National Public Procurement Agency), Wahyu Nurcahyani, (Ministry of Health), Rosalina Saleh (Novartis), and Reswita Gisriani, (Medtronic).
As a follow up to a policy meeting with the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM), EuroCham Cosmetics Working Group meet again on 26 July 2019 to coordinate advocacy efforts. The group decided to compile a list of cosmetic claims as additional data submitted to BPOM. The group also mapped out the stakeholders that need to be engaged as part of the group’s advocacy efforts, also discussed was the drafting process of Minister of Health Regulation on Cosmetic Industry, as well as latest issuance of circular letter by the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) to the industry players in the retail sector regarding separation of display area. Some cross sectoral regulations such as rules for distributors is also monitored by the group.