Policy Progress: Ministry of Health Established the State-Owned Enterprise "Medical Procurement of Ukraine"

On October 25, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine registered the State-Owned Enterprise "Medical Procurement of Ukraine" (SOE). This enterprise will ensure the further development of medical procurement reform and establishment of Central Procurement Agency.

SOE establishment is the next step in the implementation of the Concept for reforming the system of procurement of medicines and medical products, which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (Resolution #528, dated August 23, 2017). The Chamber supported the idea of establishing a Central Procurement Agency and continues to actively cooperate with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in this sphere.

In the future, the established SOE will purchase medicines for strategic programs (vaccines and infectious diseases), as well as patented expensive medicine. In addition, it will work with the market to reduce prices, to develop a local procurement, to create and maintain electronic catalogs, and to increase the level of professionalism in the field of medicines’ procurement.