India Aims to Ease Import Process for Medical Devices

November 13, 2017

Medical device and IVD imports to India should not be held up at ports because of “slight confusions” over product names, pending applications during mergers and acquisitions, or shelf-life issues if the importers have valid registration certificates and import licenses, according to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization.

The CDSCO issued an Oct. 31 notice to port offices in response to complaints that products were being inappropriately withheld for those reasons.

U.S. devicemakers, meanwhile, continue to push back against India’s new price controls on certain devices that resulted in sharp decreases in their average prices, and say some may pull their products from the Indian market. 

India set price caps on coronary stents and knee implants but is considering extending the caps to other medical devices such as orthopedic implants and catheters.

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