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Are face masks allowed to be exported?

Restrictions on non-woven face masks, including medical, surgical and N95 respirators, will be removed on June 1.

What is the supply status of face masks when it reopens to the market?

Daily supply of face masks in Taiwan has increased from 1.9 million to 20 million, and at least 60 percent will be able to be exported after the restriction has been dismissed.

What is the expected time for delivery of face masks?

Most suppliers are at full production capacity and normally the delivery time would be at least three months, depending on quantity. Contact the supplier directly for more details.

What type of face mask Taiwanese suppliers can provide?

Taiwan supplies a wide range of face masks for difference types of respirator including medical (for both adults and children), surgical, FFP1-FFP3, N95 and PM2.5. We welcome you to visit the link to look into more information of suppliers.(連結生態系網址-口罩)

What is the quality of Taiwan-made face masks?

Taiwan has several suppliers like CSD, Motex, Taiwan Stanch and Aero Pro producing quality mask products which meet ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 standards. Taiwan has been selling to US, Europe, Japan, SEA and around the world with FDA, CE certifications.

What is the manufacturing standard of face masks in Taiwan?

All face masks produced in Taiwan must meet TFDA standards (CNS 14774:2003). Below is the comparison between TFDA, FDA and CE.

Is melt-blown non-woven masks allowed for exporting?

There is no export restriction on melt-blown non-woven masks. However, it is under government management to keep domestic supply stable as a matter of priority, as well as other materials for mask production.

What is the expected time for delivery of melt-blown non-woven masks?

It should be discussed with suppliers on the basis of quantity and other details. You can find contact information in the link.

Is mask production equipment allowed for exporting?

Mask production machines are allowed for exporting, and Taiwan has supported many countries in building production lines by providing automated mask production machines. You can approach suppliers via this link. (生態系圖網址-口罩產線)

What is the expected time for delivery of mask production machines?

It would take approximately 45 to 180 days for the delivery of automated production systems due to fully booked capacity. It would be even longer for N95 respiratory manufacturing systems.

What are the advantages of Taiwan’s face masks?

First of all, Taiwan has become the second largest face mask supplier in the world. The Taiwanese Government has established specific regulations and standards that reflect the United States to ensure the quality of face masks. Most importantly, Taiwan is willing to join forces with partners from around the world to fight the COVID-19 catastrophe.

Are there any export restrictions for protective clothing products?

There are no export restrictions on protective clothing. More than 80 percent of protective clothing was imported before February 2020. After the establishment of the national team, it has sufficient production capacity.

How long is the lead time for protective clothing products?

Generally, around 1~2 months. (Depends on the quantity and protection level)

How can Taiwan increase production on protective clothing products so quickly?

As a result of COVID-19, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan (Bureau of Foreign Trade); Industrial Development Bureau; Taiwan External Trade Development Council) The Ministry of Health and Welfare has integrated textile suppliers to develop high-quality isolation gowns for medical use and ensure successful epidemic prevention. You can trust Team Taiwan’s reliability.

Can I learn more about the Taiwan protective clothing national team ?

The national team consists of six leading Taiwanese companies:
Eclat, Public textile company.
Makalot, Public textile company.
Magictex/Singtex, Public textile company.
New wide, 40-year old textile company.
TexRay, Public textile company.
Sheico, Global No.1 wetsuit manufacturer.

For more details, please link to: (www.XXX防護衣連結)

What are the strengths of Taiwan Protective clothing?

Taiwan has a stable and high-quality supply chain. All Taiwanese suppliers are market leaders and major suppliers to Schoffel, Tchibo, Puma, Adidas, Nike and VF group.

Share more about the quality of Taiwan protective clothing?

All raw material is produced in Taiwan, under sustainable process and RSL standards. All quality, lead time and customer service can be guaranteed by our supplier systems. All fabrics and gowns are certified and tested by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute. https://www.ttri.org.tw/en/index.aspx TTRI Lab certified by TAF (0491).

What level of protective clothing products do you have?

Please note that our national team members all have PPE Producer Certified Numbers, which is issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare. We have P1~P3 level as follows:

Regarding testing of protective clothing, are there any comparisons?

Our multiple tests apply to Protective equipment. AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) establishes a PB70 standard to provide manufacturers with a consistent basis for creating device labeling claims regarding barrier efficacy against liquid-borne microbes. Our P1 meets level 1; P2 meets level 3; P4 meets level 4 (for more details, please confirm with our national team member for specific needs).

Can you show some pictures that illustrate type/size.
For more details, please confirm with our national team member for specific needs.

Testing Kits

Are testing kits and rapid tests under export restriction?

Testing kits and rapid test are permitted to be exported.

What is the supply status of testing kits?

It depends on orders and ranges from 1000 kits/month to 1000,000/month.

What is the status of Taiwan’s testing kit manufacturers applying for certifications approved by EU and FDA?

Please see the link.(連結到生態系圖試劑Detection)

What are the sensitivity and accuracy rates of testing kits or rapid tests.

Test kits or rapid tests in Taiwan have average accuracy rates of around 90-100 percent.
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202005070013
https://en.rti.org.tw/news/view/id/2003110

What kind of testing kit companies exist in Taiwan?

Taiwan does have companies focused on PCR testing kits, Antigen Rapid Test and Antibody Rapid Test. Please see the link.(生態系-試劑)

Do companies in Taiwan provide PCR-related merchandise?

Taiwan does have companies focused on PCR machines, Automatic Nucleic Acid Extraction Instruments and Nucleic Acid Extraction Reagents. Please see the link. (生態系地圖-試劑)

How has the Taiwanese biotech industry been involved in the development of COVID-19 prevention?

Taiwan’s biotech and medical industry worked together to develop a product for COVID-19 detection. For example, leading research organizations including Academia Sinica, National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) are dedicated to the development of a prototype of a COVID-19 rapid testing and a diagnostic system. They then transfer the technology to manufacturers to facilitate the marketing of products.

Do Taiwanese companies have the ability to mass produce our testing kits or rapid tests?

Because of the experience of transferring technology to commercialization, many companies in Taiwan can mass-produce transfer technology testing kits and rapid test kits.

Does Taiwan have the ability to produce a COVID-19-related vaccine?

The Taiwanese companies Adimmune Corporation and Medigen Vaccine Biologics, which is partnered with the US NIH/NIAID, are now developing the vaccine. Please see the link.(生態系地圖-疫苗)

Does Taiwan have the ability to produce COVID-19 related drugs?

Seven companies produce HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, and two have the capacity to develop Remdesivir. The Biotechnology Development Center has the capacity to develop Favipiravir. Please see the link.(生態系地圖-Drugs)

Others

How did Taiwan boost domestic manufacturing in such a short period of time?

After the first confirmed case on January 21, the Taiwanese government immediately executed an export restriction on face masks and controlled the distribution in a given week. In the meantime, over 80 companies worked together through government coordination to build 92 mask production lines and began operating in two months. That’s the key to how Taiwan made it.

Is there any support from TAITRA in setting up meetings with suppliers?

TAITRA can provide theyou with a list of potential suppliers for you to look into first investigate and set up meetings with suppliers thatwho meet your requirement afterwards. We requirements. Afterwards, we are able to arrange customized company visits for you to facilitate your cooperation with a Taiwanese partner. You can contact TAITRA by sending an email to: mdd@taitra.org.tw.

Is there any way we can knowlearn more about the development of Taiwan’'s industry? other than directly contacting TAITRA headquarters?

TAITRA has over 60 offices overseas. They will provide prompt service regarding local inquiries. You can find an office in or near your country at: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

How can I learn more about Taiwan’s featured anti-epidemic products?

Beside the products listed on the website, TAITRA has held several anti-epidemic livestream product launches and will continue to do so. You may contact your local TAITRA office for further information: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US .

I’m interested in cooperating with a supplier in Taiwan, what can I do to approach them?

We’ve set up this website to help international partners find suitable suppliers in Taiwan in a more efficient manner and make direct contact. You can find contact information from suppliers on the website.(連結生態系地圖)

How is Taiwan facing the supply bottleneck ?

The result of hard work, professional industrial skill and solidarity. The remaining mask production equipment manufacturers in Taiwan are very small with limited staff, and it will take four to six months to build 60 lines. Overall, it’s extremely challenging for manufacturers of mask production equipment to meet government objectives. Taiwan’s machinery manufacturers have plenty of experience supporting their international customers with flexible and customized smart manufacturing solutions, and it’s one reason to support Taiwan in rolling out mask lines so quickly this time around.
https://twmt.taiwantrade.com/news/a-bravery-story-a-taiwan-national-machine-tool-team-for-surgical-mask-production-born-to-fight-against-covid-19-outbreak-1979557.html

Except directly contacting TAITRA headquarters, is there any way we can know more about development of Taiwan’s industry?

TAITRA has over 60 offices overseas and they will provide prompt service regarding inquiries in local. You can find the office in or near your country through https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

Where do I find contact information for Taiwanese mask machine suppliers?

Please refer to:
1. The national strategic supplies section of the Taiwan anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.
2. Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders’ Association (http://www.tmba.org.tw/)
3. Contact TAITRA for more information about suppliers.

How can I find medical mask producers in Taiwan?

Please refer to:
1. The protection section of the Taiwan anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.
2. Taiwantrade’s Anti-epidemic Area (https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com) for quality products from Taiwanese suppliers.
3. Contact TAITRA for more information about producers.

Where can I find contact details to order mask materials?

You may refer to :
1. The protection section of Taiwan anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.
2. Taiwan Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Association (http://www.nonwoven.org.tw/)
3. Contct TAITRA for more suppliers’ information

Where can I find companies in Taiwan that provide remote healthcare solutions?

Please refer to:
1. The smart hospital section of Taiwan’s anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.
2. Taiwantrade’s Anti-epidemic Area (https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com) for quality products from Taiwanese suppliers.
3. Contact TAITRA for more information about suppliers.

Are there manufacturers in Taiwan that produce medical gloves?

Please refer to:
1. The protection section of Taiwan’s anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.
2. Taiwantrade’s Anti-epidemic Area (https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com) for quality products from Taiwanese suppliers.
3. Contact TAITRA for more information about suppliers.

How do I find companies in Taiwan that provide infrared temperature detection solutions?

Please refer to:
1. The protection section of Taiwan’s anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.
2. Taiwantrade’s Anti-epidemic Area ( https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com) for quality products from Taiwanese suppliers.
3. Contact TAITRA for more information about suppliers.

I'm looking for potential business partnerships. Could you recommend any pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry organizations in Taiwan?

Please contact:
1. The Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI) (https://www.taiwan-healthcare.org/about)
2. Taiwan Bio Industry Organization ( https://taiwanbio.org.tw/en/)
3. Taiwan Research-based Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (TRPMA)
(https://trpma.org.tw/eng)

I'm looking for potential business partnerships. Could you recommend any medical device industry organizations in Taiwan?

Please contact:
1.Taiwan Medical and Biotech Industry Association (TMBIA)
( https://www.tmbia.org.tw/)
2.The Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI)
(https://www.taiwan-healthcare.org/about)

What medical devices could potentially be exported to my country?

Taiwanese suppliers can produce a full range of anti-epidemic products from machinery, materials and personal protection equipment to smart medical solutions. You may refer to Taiwan’s anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website or Taiwantrade’s Anti-epidemic Area (https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com) for quality products from Taiwanese suppliers.

Where can I find information about entry restrictions for business travelers to Taiwan?

The most recently updated regulations are provided by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://www.boca.gov.tw/mp-2.html).

Where do I find information about suitable training programs, medical fellowships and research collaboration opportunities?

Please refer to Medic-All (https://www.taiwan-healthcare.org/medic-all) for information about hospital collaboration projects.

Taiwan has established a successful model in controlling the epidemic with smart technology, such as AI and Big Data. Where can I find further information and detail about companies that provide such solutions?

You can access more information about how Taiwan used AI and Big data to contain the pandemic in the Taiwan Model section of the following website. To find information about Taiwanese companies for business discussions, please contact TAITRA.

Where do I find information about online events to better understand Taiwan’s medical industry?

TAITRA hosts many online trade promotion events. You are welcome to check the entire list of events athttps://about.taitra.org.tw/OnlineEvents. You can participate in these events from your office.

How does the Taiwanese government control the quality of their medical devices? What are the standards?

The TFDA is the controlling authority in Taiwan for medical device products. The TFDA issues registration certificates and the MOHW performs on-site inspections of medical -device manufacturers. For more information about manufacturing regulations, importation and sale of medical devices in Taiwan, please visit the TFDA website: https://www.fda.gov.tw/.

Where can I find the import and export regulations for Taiwan's medical devices?

You can access information about the regulations at the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (Taiwan FDA) website: https://www.fda.gov.tw/ENG/.

When will Taiwan lift the ban on mask exports?

Taiwan is preparing to lift the ban on exporting masks from June 1, 2020, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

How can a foreign company invest in Taiwan’s medical sector?

Biomedicine is one of the key industries of investment promotion for the Taiwanese government. You may refer to the Invest Taiwan website (www.investtaiwan.nat.gov.tw) for information about incentive programs for foreign investors or contact TAITRA for more information.

What organizations can provide consultation services for establishing cooperative joint ventures with companies in Taiwan’s medical device sector?

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) provides up-to-date information about Taiwan’s trade and investment opportunities to help foreign companies who are interested in the Taiwanese medical devices market. Please refer to their website for further information: www.taitra.org.tw.

How can I obtain trade statistics?

The trade statistics of Taiwan is issued by the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance. You can access from the website :https://portal.sw.nat.gov.tw/APGA/GA30E

Are there any sourcing e-commerce platforms for anti-epidemic products?

You may access Taiwantrade’s Anti-epidemic Area ( https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com) for information about quality products from Taiwanese suppliers.

I would like to visit a trade show in Taiwan. Can I apply for a Buyer Incentive Program?

Yes, you can contact the TAITRA Overseas Office in your region (https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US).

Are there any medical-related virtual exhibitions in Taiwan?

Yes. You are welcome to check out these virtual exhibitions:
1. Taiwan Excellence Healthcare Virtual Pavilion (https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/healthcare)
2. Bio Asia-Taiwan (https://bioasiataiwan.com/)
3. Medical Taiwan 2D Exhibition (https://www.medicaltaiwan.com.tw/) (the show will be launched on October 15, 2020)

Which tradeshows in Taiwan are showcasing epidemic prevention products?

You are welcome to visit:
1.Medical Taiwan (October 15-17, 2020)
2.Bio Asia (July 22-26, 2020)
3.Taiwan Healthcare+ (Dec 3-6, 2020)

Covid-19 has boosted the contactless economy. What kind of contactless products can we source from Taiwan?

Taiwanese suppliers can provide solutions ranging from telework, distance learning and gaming. You can find more information about contactless products at contectless section of of the Taiwan anti-epidemic solutions ecosystem on the website.

Where can I find information about products and offers from Taiwan?

You can find up-to-date information and catalogs on 660,000+ products by Taiwanese companies on Taiwantrade.com, the top B2B portal of Taiwan.

Where can I connect with Taiwanese suppliers?

You can connect with 70,000+ Taiwanese suppliers via the various customized sourcing services available free for buyer members on Taiwantrade.com.

How can I become a buyer member on Taiwantrade.com?

Sign up for your buyer account free via the following link: https://www.taiwantrade.com/register/buyer?language=en

I need assistance on finding a specific product/supplier…

Get the most out of your sourcing experience on Taiwantrade.com and use our customized services, available free for buyers:

Use “Trade inquiry” and let our team help you find a product/supplier that meets your needs => https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/TradeInquiry

Use “Meet Suppliers Online” for our team to help you arrange a video meeting with potential suppliers for your business => https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/MeetSupplierOnline

A tradeshow was postponed. Where can I find up-to-date info about products in my industry?

Check out the industry categories on Taiwantrade.com. For a specific product in your industry, try browsing through the sub-categories under each industry field.

I’d like to source anti-epidemic products from Taiwan…

You can find over 10,000 quality anti-epidemic products on the Taiwantrade.com Anti-Epidemic Online Showcase (https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com/). You can make small quantity orders and message suppliers directly via the website.

I’d like to see a full showcase of anti-epidemic products…

The Taiwantrade.com Anti-Epidemic Online Showcase (https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com/) exhibits over 10,000 quality anti-epidemic products, including face masks, thermometers, isolation gowns, medical gloves, mask making machines and sanitation supplies. You can message suppliers directly via the website.

Can you recommend me suppliers based on my requirements?

Yes. Place a request on https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/TradeInquiry, and our team will email you a list of potential suppliers based on your needs.

I’d like to have a video call with a supplier…

We can help arrange online meetings for you with a list of potential suppliers. Apply for a session here: https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/MeetSupplierOnline.

About the Taiwan Anti-Epidemic Solutions Ecosystem

Taiwan can provide a wide variety of anti-epidemic solutions, including: equipment and machinery, medical materials, protective gear, medical devices, and COVID-19 testing kits, as well as all types of smart health solutions and medical services. See a full list of suppliers on the Taiwantrade.com Anti-Epidemic Online Showcase: https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com/.

About TAITRA

TAITRA is Taiwan's foremost nonprofit trade promoting organization. Sponsored by the government and industry organizations, TAITRA assists enterprises to expand their global reach. Headquartered in Taipei, TAITRA operates 5 local offices as well as 63 branches worldwide.

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