New Delhi: Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) has thanked the Dept of Industry Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for what he called the great initiative of the creation of the much needed National Medical Devices Promotion Council. As per Mr Nath, it will provide an impetus and boost Indian Medical Devices manufacturing industry and support the Make in India for Medical Devices in India.
Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry officially announced the establishment of the National Medical Devices Promotion Council at World Health Organisation’s global conference on medical devices in Visakhapatnam on 14th December. He also announced establishing a Medical Devices Design Centre and assured as exports picks up we will also establish a Medical Devices Exports Promotion Council
The elated Rajiv Nath said “We are delighted that DIPP (Dept of Industry Policy and Promotion) has decided to strengthen the Indian medical devices sector by facilitating domestic manufacturers to rise to international level and discouraging unfair trade practices in import and lead India to an export driven market in the sector by enabling the establishment of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council. AIMED had been seeking this for quite some time and the timing is very perfect considering the WHO Global Conference on Medical Devices being hosted by India from 13th -15th Dec, 2018 at Vishakhpatnam.”
“We do acknowledge the role played by the various news articles in last few days that has helped to bring focus to this long neglected Indian medical devices sector and help accelerate the process of establishing Medical Devices Development Council by DiPP. We wholeheartedly thank Secretary DIPP, Mr Ramesh Abhishek for responding to the needs of Indian Medical Devices industry,” added Mr Nath.
Mr Nath said “We are also most grateful to AMTZ- Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone and Andhra Pradesh Govt. led by the leadership of Mr Chandra Babu Naidu for offering to host the prestigious WHO Global Conference on Medical Devices.”
The Prime objectives of the National Medical Devices Promotion Council are :
Act as a facilitating and promotion & developmental body for the Indian Medical Devices Industry
Hold periodic seminars, workshops to deliberate on various parameters for inclusion in the industrial and trade policies in medical devices
Identify redundant processes and render technical assistance to the agencies/departments concerned inorder to simplify the approval processes involved in medical device industry promotion and development
Enable entry of emerging interventions and support certifications for manufacturers to reach levels of global trade norms and lead India to an export driven market in the sector
Support dissemination and documentation of international norms and standards for medical devices, by capturing the best practices in the global market and facilitate domestic manufacturers to rise to international level of understanding of regulatory and non regulatory needs of the industry
Drive a robust and dynamic Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy, by identifying the strengths of the Indian manufacturers and discouraging unfair trade practices in import; while ensuring pro-active monitoring of public procurement notices across Indian to ensure compliance with PMA guidelines of DIPP/DoP
Undertake validation of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and other such entities within MDI sector, which add value to the industry strength in manufacturing to gain foothold for new entrants
Make recommendations to government based on industry feedback and global practices on policy and process interventions to strengthen the medical technology sector including trade interventions for related markets
Mr Nath further pointed out that the way Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) was successful in promoting the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry, he is similarly hopeful that Medical Devices Development Council will help realize the vision for India to be among the Top 5 Medical Devices manufacturing hubs worldwide.
Note: This news is based on a press release.