India Launches New Medical Device Regulations

Published on February 7, 2018

Last week the Indian Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) officially published the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 providing for the comprehensive regulation of all medical and IVD devices in India. The Rules will come into full effect on January 1, 2018. A link to the document is available here on the Asia Actual website (the English version starts on page 143).

Key elements to the Rules are:

1. New risk based classification system (A, B, C and D) for medical and IVD devices
2. Import License requirement for all Class A, B, C and D devices going forward; initial application will be for devices requiring registration under the former Rules with new devices categories added in a rolling basis
3. Licenses already issued under the old Rules will remain valid until June 30, 2018, or license expiry whichever is later.
4. Application processing fees charged by the government will be:

Classification Type                           Plant Master File              Device Master File
Class A Medical Device                   US$1,000                             US$50
Class B Medical Device                   US$2,000                             US$1,000
Class C Medical Device                   US$3,000                             US$1,500
Class D Medical Device                   US$3,000                             US$1,500

Class A IVD Device                          US$1,000                             US$10
Class B IVD Device                          US$1,000                             US$10
Class C IVD Device                          US$3,000                             US$500
Class D IVD Device                          US$3,000                             US$500

5. Import Licenses do not expire with payment of a retention fee every 5 years
6. Retention fees are the same as new application fees
7. Technical data requirements are very similar to those under the current Rules

Foreign manufacturers are advised to evaluate how the new regulations apply to their product portfolio and consider early preparation of new registration applications.

Asia Actual is available for consultations and will announce guidelines as they are available.