Guide

International trade regulations in the Life Sciences - healthcare and medical sector

Introduction

This guide provides an overview of the healthcare and medical sector, the key regulations you will need to comply with as an exporter or importer and selected sources of further help and support.

The guide outlines the sub-sectors of the healthcare and medical sector and looks at the strengths and key drivers of the industry. You'll find information on export licences and certificates and how to research an export country before trading. Importers can find out how to classify goods and what the tariffs, licences and intellectual property rights are. In addition to regulations governing exports and imports, the guide provides access to a database of domestic regulations.

You can find out more about other, related sectors in our section on service industries.

Access the UK Trade Tariff on the gov.uk website and see these detailed guides on gov.uk for help with classifying pharmaceutical products and classifying placebos and comparators.