TOKYO — Seeking to put more ventilators into hospitals as fast as possible for coronavirus patients, Japanese regulators are streamlining quality screening for carmakers and other newcomers seeking to enter the field.
Initial on-site checks will be deferred for ventilators assembled by nonmedical manufacturers in partnership with ventilator producers, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Monday. So the process will be completed in days via document-based reviews, instead of the four months or so typically needed.
Quality checks under the law on medical device safety will still be carried out later. The hope is that the accelerated process
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