India to Require All Medical Devices be Registered Before Importation

On September 21, 2021, the CDSCO released the Guidance Document for Registration of Non Notified Medical Devices to provide additional clarity as the Voluntary registration deadline approaches on September 30, 2021.

India Temporarily Suspends Compulsory Medical Device Registrations

In public notice F. No. 29/Misc/03/2021-DC (28), dated September 28, 2021, the implementation of Compulsory Registration, which was to be implemented and effective October 1, 2021, has been put in abeyance for few days as the Indian Ministry of Health determines whether to formally postpone the enforcement date.

India Postpones Registration Requirements for Certain Medical Devices

With the release of a new order on Nov 3, 2021, CDSCO has postponed the Import Licensing requirement for 8 categories of medical devices.

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.