The coronavirus pandemic has led to a global surge in demand for personal protective equipment, medical products and therapeutics. To facilitate the swift delivery of the supplies needed to fight the virus, save lives and overcome the public health crisis in the European Union, the Commission has created the COVID-19 Clearing House for medical equipment.
Matching demand with supply for medical equipment
The Clearing House works closely with national authorities across the EU, manufacturers and other stakeholders, to help Member States source available supplies to match their needs. It gives the Member States a platform to present their short, medium and longer-term needs for medical equipment and allows them to find supply offers from companies. Through dialogue with industry, the Clearing House can provide information on where efforts should focus to accompany each phase of the Joint European Roadmap towards the lifting of COVID-19 containment measures.
The Clearing House monitors imports, export restrictions, production capacity in third countries and supply chains, including transport and logistics bottlenecks. It also helps foresee and resolve blockages due to regulatory or technical reasons.
The Clearing House brings together expertise from the various departments in the European Commission that are involved in the fight against COVID-19. The Clearing House is organised in five product-related clusters: personal protection equipment, ventilators, other medical and hospital supplies, test materials, and therapeutics and vaccines.
The Clearing House complements the Commission’s work on joint procurement and stockpiling of medical equipment via rescEU. It does not organise joint procurement, nor does it directly match individual demand and supply. Its role is to provide support, tools and critical information to facilitate and accelerate the availability of needed medical supplies.
Companies interested in submitting an offer can
Follow-up to the Joint European Roadmap:
In the Joint European Roadmap towards lifting Covid-19 containment measures adopted on 15 April 2020, the Commission called on notified bodies to prioritise essential medical equipment in the fight against COVID-19, based on a list to be agreed with Member States. The list of essential medical equipment can be found below:
Moreover, the Commission committed to provide information on the availability and capacity of conformity assessment bodies and to share it with market operators. In this context, the Commission conducted surveys with notified bodies in charge of the certification of COVID-19 related medical devices, in vitro diagnostic medical devices and protective personal equipment. The below documents provide the findings of these surveys:
Other useful links:
- For general inquiries by national authorities or stakeholders on the work of the Clearing House, contact the clearing house general enquiries mailbox.
- Additional information can be found on the Commission’s coronavirus response in the area of public health.
- Emergency Support Instrument for coronavirus crisis response.
- Guidance on export requirements for personal protective equipment.
- Joint procurement of medical countermeasures.
- List of COVID-19-related European tenders.
- European Medicines Agency.
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.