The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has issued revised guidelines under the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for promoting domestic manufacturing of medical devices. The PLI scheme is designed to attract investors in select 4 high technology target segments of medical devices where import dependence is very high.
Total financial outlay for the PLI scheme is Rs. 3,420 crore. PLI scheme stipulates that the medical device company should be registered in India. There should be minimum Rs. 180 crore investment by one unit. Minimum net worth of the company should be Rs. 18 crore (30% of threshold investment of first year).
The eligible applicants can apply via online mode through https://plimedicaldevices.ifciltd.com.
The detailed guidelines of the scheme are available at https://plimedicaldevices.ifciltd.com/docs/Guidelines_Medical%20Devices.pdf.
DoP had notified the PLI scheme for the medical device sector through a gazette notification dated July 21, 2020. DoP had issued guidelines for the PLI scheme for promoting domestic manufacturing of medical devices on October 29, 2020.
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Medical devices covered under the PLI scheme target segments include cancer care or radiotherapy medical devices, radiology and imaging medical devices, nuclear imaging devices, anaesthetics and cardio-respiratory medical devices including catheters of cardio respiratory category and renal care medical devices. Besides this, target segments also cover all implants including implantable electronic devices like cochlear implants and pacemakers.
Applicants can apply multiple products within one target segment. Application window is 120 days and approval thereafter within 60 days. Applications can be made through the online portal of the Project Management Agency (PMA) and the maximum number of applicants to be selected is 28.
The Government of India through its flagship “Make in India” initiative envisages to meet the rising demand of essential healthcare equipment for the country pushing the Indian medical devices sector to become self-reliant especially for essential 39 Covid-19 medical devices.
Besides this Government had earlier also announced, medical device park scheme, which has an outlay of Rs. 400 crore for 4 medical device parks. This will offer world class testing facilities, lower cost of production and single window for regulatory approvals. It is expected to attract an investment of Rs. 40,000 crore in this sector.
Under the PLI scheme, financial incentives shall be given to selected companies based on threshold investment and incremental sales (over Base Year) of medical devices covered under target segments. Under the Scheme, financial incentive shall be given to selected companies at the rate of 5% of incremental sales (over Base Year) of goods manufactured in India and covered under Target segments, for a period of five years i.e. from FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26.
The scheme is applicable only for greenfield projects. Financial incentive under the scheme shall be provided only to companies engaged in manufacturing of goods covered under target segments in India. Eligibility shall be subject to thresholds of investment and incremental sales of manufactured goods (covered under Target Segments) over Base Year.
An applicant must meet all the threshold conditions to be eligible for disbursement of incentive. Eligibility under PLI scheme shall not affect eligibility under any other scheme and vice-versa. The tenure of the scheme is from FY 2020-21 to FY 2026-27.
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