BKPM Accelerates Medical Equipment Business Licensing to Cope with the COVID-19

The BKPM Chairman Bahlil Lahadalia and Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto have agreed to provide accelerated licensing for medical equipment providers to help the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Acting Deputy Chairman for Investment Climate Development Yuliot said on Friday (20/3).

Both institutions see the urgency of the availability of supporting medical equipment because the corona pandemic will continue to occur for some time. According to Yuliot, all licenses related to medical equipment can be completed within 1 x 24 hours (1 day). “Licensing in the OSS system comes from the technical ministry, in this case, Ministry of Health. We are happy that licensing related to business license and distribution licenses for medical equipment can be accelerated in just 1 day”, Yuliot said. This facilitation is carried out by utilizing the BKPM Online Single Submission (OSS) system and optimizing monitoring through the BKPM Investment Control and Command Center (Pusat Kopi BKPM).

“The facilitation given to companies through OSS is the Business Identification Number (NIB), Industrial Business License, Commercial or Operational License, then the requests will continue to be processed in the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) system for Production Certification and Distribution License. The integration of the system in the Ministry of Health into the OSS system has accelerated licensing.”, Yuliot added.

Some of the products included in the licensing acceleration service include surgical masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Hand Sanitizer (HS). BKPM expects that medical equipment providers will seize this opportunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

As of March 26, the licensing acceleration service has been utilized by several companies, namely PT. Daedong Indonesia, Agung Sedayu Group and PT Eagle Indo Pharma (Caplang). These companies have production facilities for medical equipments needed for handling the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We want to help the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic with our hand sanitizer products. This product was initially intended for export. But we are here to support the government working to combat COVID-19, so we asked for assistance from BKPM to obtain domestic distribution license. The process was fast, we were greatly helped to prepare the people’s urgent needs at this time. We are very grateful for the real support from the BKPM Chairman Pak Bahlil Lahadalia and the readiness of his team”, said Edy H. Tjugito, Owner of PT Eagle Indo Pharma (Caplang).

According to BKPM, the number of medical equipment license requests has indeed increased since the beginning of February 2020 and reached the highest number in the period of March 9 - 15, 2020 which reached 1,255 licenses. This increase is a response from business people to the COVID-19 outbreak which has become a pandemic worldwide.