India Announces New Notified Medical Devices Now Requiring Import Licenses

After the voluntary period ends on October 2021, all class A and B non-regulatory medical devices will have 12 months (i.e., by October 1st, 2022) to obtain an Import License. Class C and D devices will have 24 months (i.e., by October 1st, 2023) to meet the same requirement.

India’s Public Hospitals Advised to Purchase Local Products

On March 25, 2021, a notification was released specifying 19 more devices belonging to categories such as gloves, syringes, orthopedic products, x-ray machines, etc. that only local manufacturers could bid on.

India Exempts COVID Test Kits Approved in Reference Countries from Validation Testing

As of April 27th, India’s CDSCO will allow COVID test kits with the following approvals to bypass in-country validation testing. Previously only tests approved by the USFDA (including Emergency Use Authorization) were exempt

India Temporarily Suspends Customs Duties for Covid-19 Related Medical Devices

On Saturday, the Indian Ministry of Finance released a Notification (No. 28/2021–Customs) exempting the following medical devices from customs duties effective immediately until July 31st. The Notification comes as the Indian government continues to take additional steps to battle the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. 

Invoicing Requirements for Medical Device Software in India

India is considered a high tax environment with complex requirements, with tax law being in a state of constant change. For those concerned with SaMD invoicing, the process may be complex.

India’s CDSCO Extends List of Notified Devices

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.

Update: India To Require Local Certification of All Power Cords

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).

India Seeks Input on IVD Equipment Classification

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.

India Seeks Input on Medical Device Classification

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.