Health Minister Okays Plan to Monitor Medical Devices

Monday, March 16, 2015

Source: The Times of India

After several horrific cases of malfunctioning medical devices, like babies being burnt to death due to short circuits in incubators or hip implants causing blood poisoning, the health ministry has approved a materio vigilance programme in an effort to ensure safety of medical devices. 

Despite being a $3.1 billion market for medical devices, India has no system for registering adverse events caused by medical devices or for tracking the safety record of medical devices and is dependent on data from the developed countries 

The proposed plan, to be coordinated by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission in Ghaziabad, envisages a nation-wide programme, involving district hospitals, medical colleges and corporate hospitals. The biotechnology wing of the Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram is to be the national collaborating centre for the programme, which is to be run in collaboration with the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Technical support for the programme is to be provided by the Division of Healthcare Technology, a proposed World Health Organisation collaborating centre for priority medical devices and health technology policy in the National Health Systems Resources Centre. 

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