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Ministry's working group to examine Bio-Rad bribery case

Update: November, 12/2014 - 17:08
The health ministry will set up a working group to collect documents related to the alleged bribery case involving American firm Bio-Rad Laboratories to help investigations. — Illustrative image/Photo nld.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The health ministry will set up a working group to collect documents related to the alleged bribery case involving American firm Bio-Rad Laboratories to help investigations.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced last week that the company's subsidiaries have been charged with making improper payments worth US$7.5 million to officials in Russia, Thailand and Viet Nam in order to win contracts. The firm allegedly paid $2.2 million to Vietnamese officials to win business deals between 2005 and 2009.

Under the ministry's decision, the 10-member working group, with Deputy Health Minister Pham Le Tuan as its head, will collect documents related to the purchase and use of Bio-Rad's medical equipment, chemicals and medicines, besides vaccines, in Viet Nam during the said period, including imported products, the importing companies and the healthcare facilities at all levels that used the products.

The group will also coordinate with the relevant agencies in the United States in the investigation process.

The ministry's Chief Inspector Dang Van Chinh has requested the General Department of Customs to provide information on the import of Bio-Rad products from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2010, before November 20.

Earlier, the health ministry asked all local health departments and hospitals under its management to submit reports on the procurement of testing and diagnostics equipment and medicines, supplied by Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc, from January 1, 2005 to November 5, 2014. — VNS

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