Govt to keep an eye on manufacturers of medical equipments

Govt to keep an eye on manufacturers of medical equipments
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First Published: Thu, Feb 19 2009. 02 40 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 19 2009. 02 40 PM IST
By PTI
New Delhi: With an aim of stopping import of unreliable devices, the Government today said it will soon put in place a regulatory mechanism, which will keep an eye on manufacturers of medical equipments.
Union minister for science and technology Kapil Sibal said the regulatory authority is aimed at stopping the import of unreliable devices into the country, which are very costly.
“We do not have a regulatory mechanism to validate medical devices that are imported from various countries. We are being exploited by the industry. We have drawn up a proposal for having such a mechanism and it will soon be sent to the Cabinet,” Sibal said.
“The country will have the mechanism very soon whichever government is ruling,” he said.
At present, India is importing high-tech medical devices from outside the country at a very high cost.
Sibal said: “Health care services and devices industry” must tap into the fast growing market and explore the potential of making India as the future production hub for such products.
“If we have the mechanism in place we can make the same equipments at a very low cost. That is what we are seeing while manufacturing vaccines. It is very cheap and the industry will get the benefits,” Sibal said.
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