Brazilian Medtech Welcomes Parametric Release Sterilization Regime
Brazil has approved a long-awaited reform of its medical device sterilization protocols, with the adoption of a parametric release regime – a move which the industry has welcomed as “putting an end to a significant barrier” to local medical technology business.
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