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Need to strengthen medical devices sector: govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government plans to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, in order to recognise medical devices as a separate category for easier regulation and give a fillip to the segment, a senior official said today.

Addressing a Ficci event here, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) VG Somani said the Health Ministry is looking forward to amending the present Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which was first enacted in 1940 and has put a proposal for the same before the Planning Commission.

He said the amendment is aimed to recognise medical device, as a separate category that is currently put in the same segment as drugs, and ensure easier regulation.

There are also plans for setting up of medical devices technical advisory boards, Somani said.

He also emphasised on the need for strengthening the medical devices sector urgently to increase their accessibility and affordability in rural and semi-rural areas.

"There is a urgent need of strengthening infrastructure and manpower in the medical devices sector," he said.

Somani further said plans are afoot to set up five medical devices testing laboratories, three diagnostic devices testing labs and opening of a National Drug Regulatory Training Academy.

The Health Ministry has also proposed appointing 300 medical devices officers to tackle the needs of the growing medical devices industry, he added.

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First Published: Thu, December 22 2011. 19:23 IST