Medical Devices and Translation. Saving Lives from Costa Rica. Costa Rica has been identified as a leading country in attracting foreign investment, being the headquarters of multiple multinational companies. Part of the fundamental reasons for this achievement have to do with its stability, legal security, trained and bilingual workforce, as well as the tax incentives it offers. All this has turned our country into a manufacturing and service center for the entire continent, consolidating itself more and more, especially in the life sciences manufacturing sector, especially for medical device multinationals, which has allowed the development and specialization of companies in this industry.

Currently, it is the second country in Latin America in export of medical devices, controlling 24% of the regional market, only surpassed by Mexico. Worldwide, it is in the fourteenth position, contributing 2% of exports of this type, according to data from the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER). These numbers take on more relevance when detailing that medical and precision equipment grew by 18% during 2021, placing this industry as one of the main exporters in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has more than 30 years of experience supplying the global medical device industry worldwide. Currently, it is home to 6 of the top 10 medical device companies. This sector has also been an important generator of employability, since in recent years it has generated more than 38,000 jobs and the figure could increase in coming years. And it is that according to data from the Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives (CINDE) this industry has maintained constant growth since 2018.

Like almost every business sector, these companies face the challenge of constantly reinventing themselves, thanks to the accelerated global transformation of the industry. In addition, they must ensure that they meet quality standards and comply with risk mitigation. It is important to remember that these quality and risk prevention systems must necessarily consider effective and efficient communication as an aspect of special attention. Particularly in this industry, where the interaction with people, companies or institutions with different languages ​​is increasing. This is where professional translation and interpreting services come to the fore, and become more relevant in the medical device industry.

The translation service related to medical devices is a task that must be carried out with high professionalism, because here a slight error could seriously affect people’s lives and health. Currently there is a very specific pharmaceutical or medical terminology, therefore there is a wide variety of documents that are susceptible to being mistranslated. For all of them, specialized professional translators should be trusted, since the health of the patients, the acceptance of the documents by the authorities of the different countries or simply the final quality of said documents..

The translation of the content related to medical devices and instructions must be carried out by specialized translators who have experience in the relevant medical fields. Therefore, working with a translator who does not know the medical terminology and regulatory requirements in place in a given country or region will simply not be enough to translate medical device instructions and other content related to medical equipment. If preparing all the documentation generated by the sector in the local language already has its difficulties, translating it into other languages ​​is a complex process that cannot be subordinated to a word-for-word translation. You have to pay attention to the meaning of the source text and look for equivalences in all the complex terminology used in the sector.

Given the highly competitive environment, the nature of medical devices with a direct impact on the lives of patients, and the resulting high regulation, the issue of multicultural and multilingual communication becomes a critical factor for success and business continuity. In fact, the translation and localization of all documentation, operating procedures in manufacturing, instructions for use, videos, training material, etc., is a mandatory and strategic activity that is part of the quality and risk mitigation policies of companies in this medical device sector.

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