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First Meeting of the Reconstituted National Medical Device Promotion Council (NMDPC)

  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 7 min read

For Prelims: National Medical Device Promotion Council (NMDPC), CDSCO, FDI, PLI, Medical Devices Park, NABL Accreditation, Medical Devices Rules, 2017, National Medical Devices Policy 2022.

For Mains: Challenges and Issues with respect to the Medical Device Industry of India, Government Initiatives to Promote the Medical Device Industry of India.

Why in News?

Recently, important issues of Medical Technology (MedTech) Industry were taken-up at the first meeting of the reconstituted National Medical Device Promotion Council (NMDPC).

What were the Key Highlights of the Meeting?

What were the Key Recommendations made by the NMDPC?

  • Harmonize the Labelling Provisions:
    • There is a need to move forward to harmonize the provisions of labeling of Medical Devices under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodity) Rules, 2011 into Medical Device Rules, 2017, for licensed medical devices.
  • Investment in the Medical Devices Park:
    • The Medical Devices Industry Associations representatives were encouraged to actively engage with states, which were sanctioned Medical Devices Parks by the Department for creating common infrastructure facilities and come forward to invest in the proposed parks to boost domestic manufacturing.
  • Active Participation in the National MedTech Expo, 2022:
    • The industry’s support was also asked for the proposed National MedTech Expo, 2022 to showcase the strengths and capabilities of Indian Medical Devices Industry.
  • Need of More Certified Medical Devices Testing Laboratories:
    • An adequate common infrastructure including accredited laboratories in various regions of the country for standard testing should be in place.
  • Post-market Surveillance system and Medical Device Registry:
    • There must be a robust IT enabled feedback driven post-market surveillance system and medical device registry, particularly for implants to ensure traceability of patient who has received the implant in order to assess the performance of the implant.
  • New Legislation for a New Regulator:
  • Research Linked Incentive (RLI) Scheme:
    • The Committee recommended the Department to start a RLI Scheme in Line with the PLI scheme.
  • Upskilling of the Medical Device Officers:
    • The Ministry should work in synergy with State governments and impart the necessary skills to the local medical device officers.
  • A Single Window Clearing Platform:
    • A single window clearing platform for application of license for manufacturing, export, import must be set up that shall also integrate all these bodies involved in the regulation of medical devices.

What is NMDPC?

  • About:
    • National Medical Device Promotion Council (NMDPC) is chaired by the Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
      • It has members from stakeholder departments/ organizations, functions of which have a bearing on the growth of the sector.
      • Also, it has representation from several medical device industry associations, representing the sector in India.
  • Significance:
    • NMDPC, going forward, is expected to become a vibrant forum for all issues relating to the medical devices sector, which is a sunrise sector with huge potential for social obligations and the economic aspirations of India.

Source: TH

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