New Delhi: At a press conference held on 1st May, the Medical Technology Association of India highlighted the need for creating an ecosystem that fully supports technology in MedTech, from the perspectives of engineering design, human application, clinical validation and delivering the product in the hospital setting. As per MTaI, the wider adoption of the medical devices which are developed in India is a necessary prerequisite in order for its members to leverage the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Addressing the media, key member organizations of MTaI said, “The development of an expert decision-making system suitable for the manufacturing of medical devices in the country will need to be supplemented by a series of enabling policy initiatives by the Government of India. To start with, regulations specific to medical devices must be laid out, which recognize the difference between medical devices and drugs. The real benefits to the sector will only become available when the creation of a different Act, and regular review and amendment of the respective rules are carried out in tandem with each other. Key to achieving the ideal ecosystem is the establishment of significant academic-industry partnership to support high-end technology manufacturing, and the development of technical know-how and skills. A tie-up with clinicians, on the other hand, will be important in the design as well as testing phases, when the industry can learn the medical needs for addressing a disease space, and can utilize the space for testing the medical devices before rolling out large-scale manufacturing.”
As per MTaI, the global medical device industry has the technology legacy, the spectrum of understanding, and strong manufacturing footprint in India.