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February 19, 2015.
India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is set to control medical devices as part of its remit, The Times of India reports. Currently, doctors in India can choose medical devices of their liking, and tend to go for those that have approval from countries such as the US.
A CDSCO official said that the agency felt that it was time to amend the existing rules to encompass the medical devices as India, a major consumer and producer of devices, doesn't yet have such regulations.
The current absence of regulations in the country has affected Indian manufacturer's prospects of exporting medical devices abroad, CDSCO addded. "With Make in India the buzzword now, the regulation will [also] provide impetus to the sector for both local producers and companies from abroad operating in India."