Rhe responce from manufactureres for registration of Class A and Class B medical devices with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has been very low even though it has became mandatory from October 1, 2021. Because of this, Maharashtra food and drug administration (FDA) has directed manufacturers of medical devices falling under Class A and Class B in the state to speed up registration with the CDSCO.
The deadline for voluntary registration of Class A and Class B medical devices with the regulator ended on September 30, 2021 and registration became compulsory from October 1, 2021. Manufacturers are required to complete mandatory registration with the CDSCO by September 30, 2022. It has come to the notice that a significant number of device manufacturers in the state are yet to register with the CDSCO.
Medical devices categorised into Class A and Class B will fall under license regime with effect from October 1, 2022.
According to a recent circular issued by Maharashtra FDA, action will be initiated against the manufacturers of Class A and Class B medical devices for failing to register with the online portal of CDSCO within the stipulated time frame.
All medical devices have been classified into four different categories-- Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D, as per Medical Devices Rules 2017. Any company which intends to manufacture these devices for sale or distribution is required to apply for a manufacturer’s license with CDSCO.
Class A and Class B devices are classified as low risk and moderate risk devices. The license for manufacturing these devices can be applied and obtained at the state licensing authority. The application is made using form MD-5 whereas the permission is granted through form MD-6. Class C and Class D devices are regulated by CDSCO according to the provisions of the said Rules.
According to the ministry of health and family welfare’s notification on February 11, 2020, the medical devices were under voluntary registration scheme from April 1, 2020 till September 30, 2021. From October 1, 2021, Class A&B medical devices will be under compulsory registration scheme up to September 30, 2022 and Class C&D medical devices will be under compulsory registration scheme up to September 2023. After the compulsory registration period, these classes will respectively move to the licensing regime.
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