Consultation on Medical Devices at NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has been engaged in developing a Medical Devices Bill

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A meeting is going to be held on 18 Dec 2019 at Delhi for stakeholder consultation on medical devices.

NITI Aayog invites key stakeholders for a consultation on medical devices 18th December. Dr. B R Jagatshetty, Ex State Drugs Controller, Karnataka and N K Ahooja, State Drugs Controller, Haryana have got the invite.

Appropriate, affordable and good quality medical devices are indispensable in healthcare services. Access to safe effective and innovative medical devices is critical to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages. lndia is a booming market for consumption of medical technology.

Ayushman Bharat PMJAY has further triggered an unprecedented demand for medical devices. lt is also the government’s endeavor to make lndia a medical products’ manufacturing and innovation hub for the world. However, a select group of medical devices in lndia have been regulated through the Drugs and cosmetics Act 1940. However, there is a felt need for establishing a more enabling regulatory system in lndia to nurture and boost the medical devices sector.

The National Health Policy 2017 envisages strengthening the regulation of medical devices and establishing a regulatory body for medical devices to unleash innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit for manufacture of medical devices in lndia.

NITI Aayog has been engaged in developing a Medical Devices Bill. The purpose of the draft Bill is to ensure that medical devices in lndia are safe and effective. Further, the Bill should create an enabling ecosystem for manufacturing, research and innovation.

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