On December 28th, 2020, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization announced that Nebulizers, Blood Pressure Monitoring Devices, Digital Thermometer, and Glucometers must obtain Import Licenses prior to marketing.
India’s Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) has officially added ‘ultrasound equipment’ to the Notified list of medical devices that require pre-market approval in India.
With effect from December 1, 2020, India power cords, cord sets, plugs and sockets must carry the Mark of Conformity (product approval mark) which has been established by the Central Government of India through the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act (2016), BIS Rules 2018, and BIS Conformity Assessment Regulations (2018).
All IVD related equipment, instruments and software is now being transitioned to require registration in India under the Medical Device Rules, 2017, joining IVD reagents and kits which have been regulated since January 1, 2018, if not before.
All formerly unregulated medical devices are now being transitioned to require registration in India under the Medical Device Rules, 2017. These products should be Registered prior to October 1, 2021 and then obtain an Import License before October 1, 2022, or October 1, 2023 depending on the product’s risk classification.
Exactly 6 months before the new Medical Device Rules, 2017 are to take effect the Drugs Controller General (India), Dr. G.N. Singh, published a notice that serves as a reminder to industry to prepare for the coming changes.
Yesterday, India’s National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) implemented price controls for knee prostheses resulting with an average reduction of 65% from prevailing market prices. The announcement was published on August 16, 2017, with immediate effect (full document available on the India page of Asia Actual’s website).
This Notification announcement represents a departure from the anticipated process to add devices to those that require registration in India. Manufacturers of currently non-Notified devices should be vigilant about pending registration requirements.
Given recent conditions of Brexit, many companies are impacted with changes regarding their notified body. This change ultimately changes the CE Mark on labeling, thus requiring amendments to any existing Import Licenses in India.