Draft National Policy for Medical Devices, 2022

  Apr 22, 2022

Draft National Policy for Medical Devices, 2022

Q Why is it in News ?

A The government is proposing a new Draft National Policy for Medical Devices, 2022 to reduce India’s dependence on import of high-end medical devices.

Q What are Key features of the policy ?

A Adopting public-private partnerships to reduce the cost of healthcare, drive efficiency, and aid quality improvements in medical devices manufactured in the country

The key proposals include:

  1. Incentivising the export of medical devices and related technology projects through tax rebates and refunds
  2. Increasing government spending in “high-risk” projects in the medical devices sector
  3. Single-window clearance system for licencing medical devices
  4. Pricing environment with no price control on newly developed innovation in the sector
  5. Allot a dedicated fund for encouraging joint research involving existing industry players, reputed academic institutions and start-ups
  6. Incorporate a framework for a coherent pricing regulation, to make available quality and effective medical devices to all citizens at affordable prices
  7. NPPA (National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority) shall be strengthened with adequate manpower of suitable expertise to provide effective price regulation balancing patient and industry needs.
  8. Pharmaceuticals Department will also work with industry to implement a Uniform Code for Medical Device Marketing Practices (UCMDMP)

Q What is need for such policy ?

Q What are the earlier attempts for such policy ?