HealthPRO News

March 25, 2020

Are you a supplier with products or equipment that can assist hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic?

On behalf of the 1,300 hospitals we represent, we appreciate your willingness to help provide the equipment and supplies needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Below you will find information you need to know and resources to help.




Suppliers who want to import, sell or distribute medical devices in Canada require a Medical Device Establishment License (MDEL).

In addition, Health Canada has developed a Guidance Document for Applications for Medical Devices under the Interim Order for Use in Relation to COVID-19


Health Canada is fast-tracking the MDEL application process for companies that want to manufacture, import or distribute Class I masks. Their goal is to complete the process within 24 hours from the time they receive a completed application.

Companies that need an MDEL application fast-tracked should:


  1. Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has established a web portal and intake form for suppliers that are able to provide specific products (i.e. N95 masks, gowns, gloves and other PPE) or services (i.e. nursing, food, security)
  1. Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has launched a “call to action” to Canadian manufacturers to help fight COVID-19. They have created a new web page as well as an intake for manufacturers that; make needed supplies, have the potential to rapidly re-tool existing facilities or equipment, or who have skilled workers that could be available to work elsewhere in Canada.

  2. National Research Council (NRC) has issued a COVID-19 “Challenge Program” to bring together a national network of researchers and scientific facilities to address the pressing needs for supplies, medical counter measures, and disease-tracking technology. Additionally, through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), the NRC has issued a call out, leveraging its existing relationships with Canada’s innovative SMEs, seeking innovative solutions and candidate for funding through Innovative Solutions Canada




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