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Japan shortens ventilator screening to days to lure newcomers

Government counts on automakers and other manufacturers to help boost production

Japan hopes to address a potential ventilator shortage by removing regulatory barriers   © Reuters

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.

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