AimeD urges Prime Minister to create separate department for medical devices
Highlighting the urgent need for a separate department for medical devices, AimeD’s letter asked the Prime Minister to change the name of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) to Department of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices or to have a Separate Medical Devices Department so that, the Manufacturers will be assured that the government takes this sector seriously as medical devices are not pharmaceuticals, although both can be medical products
The Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD), on behalf of the Indian medical device industry, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for a Department of Medical Devices and a Ministry of Life Sciences and health products.
Highlighting the urgent need for a separate department for medical devices, AimeD’s letter asked the Prime Minister to change the name of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) to Department of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices or to have a Separate Medical Devices Department so that, the Manufacturers will be assured that the government takes this sector seriously as medical devices are not pharmaceuticals although both can be medical products. The current name reflects the focus on the mature pharmaceuticals sector and the sector overlooked by 80% of medical device imports.
Speaking on why this change is needed, Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD, said, “India still remains 80% dependent on imports of medical devices. The Department of Pharmaceuticals and the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers have so far had limited success in carrying out their mandate to stimulate the manufacture of medical devices and address addiction to import 70-80% and have limited expertise in this industry as The high precision device industry has very little synergy with the chemical and fertilizer industry.
Imports of medical devices grew by 41% to Rs 63,200 crore in 2021-22 and an estimated market of Rs 160,000 Crore at retail and institutional level, but with a huge investment opportunity of over Rs 80,000 Crore.
“The current team must be supported by the required expertise by at least 4 people, i.e. a background person in medical, biomedical engineering, product development and marketing with experience of DST / DBT / BIRAC / DHR / MOH&FW / BCIL / NHSRC / EEPC / IBEF may be considered,” the letter reads.
The upcoming vision for a separate department for medical devices is to make India one of the top 5 manufacturing hubs for medical devices in the world and be the manufacturing industry’s nodal interface with all the central government. Department to Catalyze the Growth of India’s Medical Devices Sector – Made in India, Made by India and Made for India.
The separate department would define the priority mechanisms to combat the priority diseases. Implement a strategy to reduce India’s import dependency from over 70-80% to less than 30% over the next 5 years for priority devices and the next 10 years for all devices.
The revamped department will facilitate the creation and development of clusters for medical devices, the creation of laboratories and service centers under PPP and the development of personnel skills in the field of manufacturing, sales, service and regulation .
The letter suggested that this department could be placed within the Department of Health as an extension of a Department of Health Care Products or a Department of Life Sciences.