CSDCO waives off NOC for export of Indian healthcare products

The Drug Controller General of India in his latest order has waived off the requirement of no objection certificate for export of medical device consignments to all countries

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New Delhi: In partial modification of notice of even number dated 11th December 2015, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization has removed the requirement of ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) with respect to shipping bills from the port offices of CDSCO for all countries.

It has been decided that the NOC for export consignments shall not be insisted if such shipping bills are filed by the manufacturer himself, having a valid license under Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules.

In the order dated 21st March 2017, Dr S Eswara Reddy, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) stated the decision has been taken to bring ease in the drug regulatory practices in India relating to export of drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. He, however, stressed in the order that the stakeholders are required to comply with the regulatory requirements of the importing countries as per their specific needs.

“This was a long-standing demand of domestic manufacturers. This waiver of ADC/NOC will reduce the procedures for export clearance from the port where shipments were getting delayed for the requirement of additional paperwork,” mentioned Mr Himanshu Baid, Managing Director, Poly Medicure Ltd & Chairman, CII Medical Technology Division in his reaction, adding, “This is an important step taken by CDSCO to accelerate exports and reduce bottle necks for domestic manufacturers.”