Govt sets up National Medical Devices Promotion Council

The centre on Saturday announced the setting up of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the ministry of commerce and industry to give a fillip to the medical device sector, which is a sunrise sector.

Union minister of commerce and industry and civil aviation Suresh Prabhu, announced the decision while speaking at a programme on the occasion of fourth WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, at Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone, in Vishakhapatnam.
The medical devices industry (MDI) plays a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem and is indispensable to achieve the goal of health for all citizens of the country. The manufacturing and trade in MDI is growing steadily which includes a wide range of products. Although the industry has been growing in double digits, it is predominantly import-driven with imports accounting for over 65 per cent of the domestic market.
As Indian manufacturing companies and startups move towards creating innovative products, the setting up of the council will spur domestic manufacturing in this sector.
The council will be headed by secretary, DIPP. Apart from the concerned departments of Government of India, it will also have representatives from health care industry and quality control institutions. Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone, Visakhapatnam, will provide technical support to the council.
The National Medical Devices Promotion Council will act as a facilitating body for promotion and development of the Indian MDI.
It will hold periodic seminars, workshops and all related networking activities to garner views of the industry and understand best global practices in the sector and deliberate on various parameters for inclusion in the industrial and trade policies in medical devices.
It will identify redundant processes and render technical assistance to the agencies and departments concerned to simplify the approval processes involved in medical device industry promotion and development.
It will 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.
The council will 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.
The aim is to drive a robust and dynamic preferential market access (PMA) policy, by identifying the strengths of the Indian manufacturers and discouraging unfair trade practices in imports, while ensuring pro-active monitoring of public procurement notices across India to ensure compliance with PMA guidelines of DIPP and DoP.
The council will undertake validation of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and other such entities within the MDI sector, which add value to the industry strength in manufacturing to gain foothold for new entrants.
It will 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.