Govt to set up National Medical Devices Promotion Council

• Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu on December 14, 2018 announced to set up a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

• The announcement was made on the occasion of 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices at Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone in Vishakhapatnam.

National Medical Devices Promotion Council

• The Council will be headed by Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

• Apart from the concerned departments of Government, it will also have representatives from health care industry and quality control institutions.

• The Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone of Visakhapatnam, will provide technical support to the Council.

Key Objectives

• Act as a facilitating, promotional & developmental body for the Indian Medical Devices Industry.

• Hold periodic seminars, workshops and related activities to garner views of the industry and understand best global practices in the sector.

• Identify avoidable processes and render technical assistance to the agencies and departments concerned to simplify the approval processes for MDI promotion and development.

• 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.

• Support dissemination and documentation of international norms and standards for medical devices by capturing the best practices in the global market.

• Facilitate domestic manufacturers to rise to international level of understanding of regulatory and non regulatory needs of the industry.

• 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.

• Ensure pro-active monitoring of public procurement notices across India to ensure compliance with PMA guidelines of DIPP and DoP.

• Undertake validation of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and other such entities within MDI sector, which add value to the industry strength in manufacturing to gain foothold for new entrants.

• Make recommendations to government based on industry feedback and global practices on policy and process interventions to strengthen the medical technology sector.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

Prelims level: NMDPC

Mains level: Functions of the proposed council

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