Medical Devices Webinar

Shaping India’s Medical Devices Regulatory Framework: Global Best Practices and Priorities

India’s medical devices industry is poised for significant growth in the next five years, with the market size expected to reach $50 billion by 2025. It includes both large multinationals and small to medium enterprises (SMEs), and it is growing at an unprecedented scale: its current market size is estimated to be nearly $10 billion. 

TIC Council fully supports the crafting of a robust medical devices rules regulatory and policy framework which lays a strong foundation towards ensuring a robust quality and conformity ecosystem for medical devices in India. 

In the healthcare sector, patient and operator safety are of paramount importance, which makes it imperative for medical devices to be of high quality and safe for their intended use, therefore a rapidly evolving medical device industry needs hand holding from all stakeholders, in order to be able to realize the government’s vision of quality and affordable healthcare for all. 

Embarking on the mission of patient safety in India, TIC council is organizing a two-day webinar on Shaping India’s Medical Devices Regulatory Framework: Global Best Practices & Priorities. The webinar will witness the presence of senior policy makers from Ministries & regulatory bodies of India, E.U & U.S along with senior industry leaders from the medical devices and TIC industry, sharing their experience, global trends and best practices towards ensuing quality and safety of medical devices. This webinar is a must-attend for industry leaders, decision makers, quality, regulatory and public affairs personnel from the healthcare sector.

Details 

The webinar will be held in two days: Thursday 28 October 2021, 14:30-17:00 IST (11:00-13:30 CET), and Friday 29 October 2021, 14:30-17:00 IST (11:00-13:30 CET)

Registrations will be open to all TIC Council Members and relevant stakeholders, as well as a larger external audience. 

Speakers: 

Day 1:  

  • Suresh Sugavanam, Chairman, TIC Council India
  • Hanane Taidi, Director General, TIC Council
  • Niranjan Nadkarni, CEO, TÜV SÜD South Asia, South East Asia, Middle East & Africa Region
  • Karthik Venkataraman, Business Manager, UL India
  • Claire Dyson, Global Vice President, Dekra
  • Kimberly Trautman, Medical Device, IVD and Combination Product Regulatory & Quality Expert
  • Latika Vats, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance for India Medtronic and APAC Med Committee
  • Reinaldo Figueredo, ISO-CASCO Chair
  • Sudhir Zutshi, Chair, Public Affairs, Sub Committee, TIC Council India

Day 2: 

  • Dr. R P Singh, Secretary General, QCI
  • Dr. Shailendra Singh, TUV SUD Pvt Ltd.
  • Jitendra Sharma, Managing Director and CEO, AMTZ
  • Ravi Kant, DDC, CDSCO (TBC)
  • Rajesh Maheshwari, CEO, NABCB
  • Ravi Singh, Member, TIC Council, Med Device WG
  • Dr. Girdhar Gyani, Director General, AHPI
  • Harshit Thakkar, Sr. Project Manager, DEKRA
  • Sudhakar Mairpadi, Head Quality, Regulatory and Govt Affairs, Philips India Pvt Ltd
  • Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMED
  • Vibhav Garg, Director-Health Economics & Govt Affairs, Boston Scientific
  • R Asok Kumar, Chairman, Regulatory Sub Committee, Adva Med
  • Dr. Aparna Dhawan, Executive Director, TIC Council India

REGISTRATION

Further Details:

The microphone function will be disabled for participants during the webinar but all questions for the presenter can be submitted through Webex via the chat function during the Q&A session at the end.

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact – secretariat@tic-council.org

We look forward to welcoming you and/or your colleagues. 

For more information – https://tic-council.idloom.events/shaping-india-s-medical-devices

Laboratory Excellence Award

Prof. S.K. Joshi Laboratory Excellence Award from QCI NBQP

Prof. S.K. Joshi – Laboratory Excellence Award has been instituted to promote Laboratory Quality and performance improvement in the country. The award has been incepted to ensure the laboratory’s commitment to achieve excellence in providing high precision testing and calibration services in line with the prevalent national/international quality systems legislations including Health, Safety, Environment (HSE).

The Award is to recognize Laboratories (Testing, Medical and Calibration) those have established outstanding achievements in the field of Quality in services and benchmarked in their domain for their best practices

Eligibility:

1.This award is open to all currently operational Laboratories pertaining to Testing, Calibration & Medical including their Proficiency Testing Providers & Reference Material Producers located in India.
2.Participating labs are required to operate the applicable Quality System according to the requirements as stipulated in ISO 17025/ISO 15189/ISO 17043/ISO 17034, regarding its implementation and monitoring.
3. The award require labs to operate with proper HSE measures.
4.The Laboratory should not have been convicted by any Court.
5.A Laboratory once awarded can be considered only after a period of 3 Years

The 5 stages of assessment by Technical Expert Committee (TEC) are as follows:-

Stage 1: Application Document Evaluation
Stage 2: Physical/Virtual Presentation
Stage 3: Site Assessment / verification
Stage 4: Evaluation through Reference check of customer in special case
Stage 5: Inputs to Jury for final evaluation

Assessment Criteria

The assessment of the application submitted by the laboratory is made on the basis of various parameters which have been identified by a team of experts from NBQP/QCI.

Primary Parameters:

  1. Management Commitment – Qualification, Experience, Training & Innovation, Quality Improvement and skill upgradation.
  2. Strategy – Accreditation for entire Laboratory activities (to ensure Sustainability).
  3. Processes – Standard Method (National/International), Validation/Verification, Equipment/Techniques used and Measurement Traceability to SI units.
  4. Infrastructure & Quality Control Resources – Facilities and Environmental Conditions (Innovation for enhancing Good Laboratories Practices) owned by Lab. Use of Certified Reference material, Proficiency Testing Program participation and Inter-Laboratory Comparison and other QC checks.
  5. Customer Complaints, Feedback and Improvement – Diagnosis of the problem (Root Cause Analysis & Quality tools deployed)
  6. Key Results/Satisfaction – Reports, Customer Results, Society Results and Employee Satisfaction. Tangible benefits, intangible benefits or socio economic and environmental benefits

Terms & Conditions Of The Award:

1. Non – disclosure and confidentiality
I. The names of the applicants, evaluation and scoring system developed for the assessment process will be regarded as proprietary and kept confidential. Such information shall be made available only to those individuals who will be directly involved in the assessment and administrative process and shall not be disclosed.
II. QCI will not disclose the details about the shortlisted/non-shortlisted laboratories at any stage of the assessment. The qualified laboratories will be notified via e-mail/call by the QCI office directly.
2. Any misinterpretation of facts will disqualify the laboratories from Awards.
3. Applications received with incomplete data will not qualify.
4. Any Award applicant and Awardee cannot use the NBQP and QCI logo in anyway that suggests that QCI is affiliated with, sponsors, approves or endorses you, your organization, your websites, your products or your services etc.

Application Fees

There is no Application Fees

Award Presenatation

The awards will be presented during a special Award Ceremony

Where to Apply ?

Award Details

check here to know more about various awards and details

When is the Last date for applying ?

Last date for submitting the application form is 16th November 2021

For any queries, contact :

Source – https://labexcellenceaward.qcin.org/Home.aspx

Fee Update from NABL

Revised Fee Structure effective for all applications received on/after 01.10.2021 Posted on 01.10.2021

NABL has released revised Fee Structure for all applications received on or after 1/10/2021 . This is applicable for all Testing and Calibration Labs.

All applicant labs and Accredited, Certified Labs have to make a note of the same.

Download the notification from here .

Medical Device QMS

NABCB Program on MDQMS – Medical Device Quality Management Systems

Program Announcement from NABCB !

NABCB is organising series of webinars on “Medical Devices Quality Management Systems (MDQMS) and Indian Certification for Medical Devices (ICMED) Scheme”

There is no fee for the said Webinar. The Webinar is scheduled on 20 October 2021 at 11:00AM – 01:00 PM (IST)

This webinar would provide an interface wherein you may directly interact with NABCB Officials about NABCB Accreditation system and other requirements, so your participation would make the webinar interesting and fruitful.

Registration link is https://forms.gle/Qg2Z55iYc6oNWKnv7

The flyer is available on link  http://nabcb.qci.org.in/Meeting%20%20flyer%20-%20MDQMS%20%20ICMED-%2020%20October%202021.pdf

Meeting Link shall be provided to all the registered participants a day before the scheduled date.

Contact NABCB Secretariat :
National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies
Quality Council of India | www.qcin.org
Institution of Engineers Building, 2nd Floor,
2, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi – 110002, India
Work: +91-11-2337-9321 | Fax: +91-11-2337-8678
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Clarification on the Role of NABL in Enforcing Regulations

Announcement from NABL – National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories

Clarification on the Role of NABL in Enforcing Regulations

Accreditation is the independent evaluation of Conformity Assessment bodies against recognised normative documents like Standards, Regulations etc. to carry out specific activities to ensure their impartiality, consistency of operation and competence. Through the application of national and international Standards, Government, Procurers and Consumers can have confidence in the results of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies.

Laboratories are accredited to the applicable international standards, ISO/IEC 17025 in case of testing and calibration laboratories, and ISO 15189 applicable to Medical Laboratories.

Laboratory Customers, Regulatory Authorities, Organizations and Schemes using peer assessment, Accreditation bodies, and others use these documents in confirming or recognizing the competence of laboratories.

The results from Accredited Laboratories are used extensively by regulators for the public benefit in the provision of services that promote an unpolluted environment, safe food, clean water, energy, health and social care services.

Many Government Agencies have recognised the importance of credible accreditation schemes that are developed against internationally recognised standards.

NABL Accreditation is increasingly being used by Regulators and Government to ascertain the Quality of Products. Accredited CABs can objectively state conformance of product or service to specified requirements.

NABL is a Voluntary Accreditation body and has no Regulatory powers. Checking of compliance to the regulatory requirements falls under the purview of respective/applicable Regulator.

In all cases, it is the responsibility of Laboratory to abide by the National & State Statutory requirements, Acts, Ordnance, Rules, Regulations, Legal orders, Court Decisions/ Orders issued by the Government, Statutory Bodies, Courts as applicable and in force from time to time.

Download the announceement from here

Source : https://nabl-india.org/

The above announcement from NABL clarifies its role as Accreditation body to various stakeholders at market place. Regulators , Governments normally rely on Accreditation Bodies for Conformity Assessment procedures. Accreditation bodies are not Regulators and can’t step into shoes of Regulators. This confusion is often seen at market place where Accreditation bodies and Regulators Roles are understood wrongly , get mixed up often. Frequent communication from Apex bodies , Accreditation bodies clarifying the role of ABs, CBs etc throws so much clarity to the industry, stakeholders too. Markets still mix up Accreditations and Certifications. Lot of confusion prevails between Voluntary Recognition Programs and Mandatory Recognition Programs. FAQs list is very long and apex bodies can release communication often on all the FAQs.

Improving Global Competitiveness of Indian businesses is the key focus of Govt of India and businesses need to show compliance to various Conformity Assessment Procedures of Importing Countries. Understanding all these matter as most of these protocols are International Protocols too.

Country is witnessing lot of FDI and many new global businesses are setting up shop in India. International businesses need clarity and clear communication on conformity assessment too as Technical Regulations are linked to International Accounting Standards as well.

Announcement from NABH

For Small Healthcare Organisations

NABH has issued a notification recently for Small Healthcare Organisations (SHCOs) which are Accredited, under Quality Management Systems Program.

Notification calls for Self Declaration cum Undertaking from already Accredited organisations / organisations under accreditation process, on the Bed Capacity declared to NABH for Accreditation purposes.

Content of the notification in a nutshell is shared here :

It has been brought to notice of NABH that many hospitals and nursing homes that have enrolled under the SHCO accreditation program of NABH, despite having sanctioned bed strength of more than 50. Notification has clarified that the bed strength of the organization will be considered only on the basis of the sanctioned beds mentioned in the statutory licenses obtained by the organization from the competent authorities. All the hospitals and nursing homes which are accredited by NABH or are in the process of getting accreditation are hereby informed to declare the bed strength and submit an undertaking signed by head of the organization to this effect to NABH secretariat within 45 days of issue of this notice.

The format for submission of the declaration is enclosed herewith and the same needs to be printed on the stamp paper of value of Rs 100/-.Further the signed declaration has to be uploaded on the ‘HCO document’ section on the respective portal account of SHCO. In case, the hospital fails to submit the declaration as mentioned above, NABH may be constrained to initiate adverse decision against the non-conforming
hospitals as per the policy of NABH.

Download the Notification from here :

NABH Certifies, Accredits organisations which fall under the category of Healthcare Organisations and Small Healthcare Organisations which are defined as below :

Healthcare Organisation :

Healthcare organization (HCO) that should be above 50 beds to fall under the definition of Healthcare Organisation as per NABH

Small Healthcare Organisations :
Hospitals and Nursing homes or day care centres with bed strength less or equal to 50 Sanctioned beds.

Exclusions to the above definition :
a) Polyclinic Diagnostic Centres
b) Super Speciality Centres

Certification / Accreditation Framework :

The Certification / Accreditation Framework for each segment differs as the criteria set by NABH varies accordingly.

Essence of the Recent Notification :

NABH’s definition of Beds in the case of SHCO is “Sanctioned Beds” meaning number of beds approved, sanctioned by the Regulator, State / Central Licensing Authorities.

Infact Hospitals apply for various empanelments with State Govts, Central Govt agencies, PSUs, Pvt Health Insurers, Corporates etc for business purposes. Sanctioned beds is the statutory norm and should be quoted with all agencies .

However , it was repeatedly discussed in various industry forums , market place conversations that beds shown for empanelment purposes & for accreditation purposes is most often different and not same as the sanctioned beds approved by the licensing authorities.

Hospitals were declaring less number of beds to NABH while applying for Accreditation which is technically not correct. Infact this was pointed out by various other healthcare organisations at the market place frequently.

Way forward :

NABH has announced a roadmap for such hospitals which are covered under Accreditation Program for implementation by SHCOs , as follows :

The hospitals which are not eligible to be covered under SHCO accreditation program due to sanctioned bed strength more than 50 should switch over and apply under hospital accreditation program. Considering the fact that there could be a break in accreditation while switching over to hospital program, NABH has decided to give a transition period of 18
months from the issue date of this notification.

The hospitals are encouraged to implement NABH 5th edition of hospital standards with in
the given transition period and apply for accreditation under hospital program.

Further, during the transition period hospitals shall also be required to pay the shortfall of the
applicable annual accreditation fee based on the sanctioned bed strength of the hospital.

Announcement for Environmental Testing Laboratories

Announcement from Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE – NOTIFICATION

Mandatory NABL Accreditation and OHSAS Certification

The Central Government orders says :

  1. Recognition of private laboratories and recognition of their analysts shall be done by the Central Pollution Control Board here after as per the Environmental Protection Act 1986
  2. All environmental laboratories shall obtain accreditation from the National Accreditation Board
    for Testing and Calibration Laboratories
    Accreditation ISO 17025 :2017 for all criteria testing
    parameters as defined by Central Pollution Control Board along with Certification for Occupational
    Health and Safety Management System – ISO 45001:2018 before submission of application to the
    Central Pollution Control Board for consideration of the said application under the provisions of
    the Act, for –
    (i) fresh or renewal of recognition of laboratory;
    (ii) changes in the name of Government Analysts; and (iii) shifting of laboratory premises.
  3. The recognition of laboratory shall be granted for the validity period of accreditation under ISO 17025:2017 and for the testing parameters accredited therein.
  4. The recognition of laboratory shall be granted for the validity period of ISO 45001:2018 certification from a recognised agency and shall be valid for the same premises of its operation for which the application is made.

Full notification can e downloaded from the link below

Source : http://moef.gov.in/en/

World Accreditation Day 2021

Accreditation Day Greetings to All Stakeholders

World Accreditation Day 2021

Theme – Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

09 June 2021 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2021), a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The SDGs are at the core of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a broad and ambitious plan of action with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. Accreditation, in collaboration with other quality infrastructure institutions, provides the technical foundations that are critical to the functioning of developed and developing societies. It enables industrial development, trade competitiveness in global markets, efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, and health and environmental protection.

Global Businesses are getting into implementing Sustainable Business Solutions, following Sustainable Business Practices. ISO has released many Management Systems Standards in the recent years for businesses to learn, implement internally.

These are linked to CSR Reporting, ESG Reporting and Sustainability Reporting for Listed companies and top 1000 companies with high market capitalisation in stock exchange in India.

Sustainability Accounting Norms are already released globally for reporting in organisations Accounting Audit Reports.

Recently we saw some Global Investors making announcements on their Investment priorities in India where the Investors said their investment decisions will be linked to the sustainable business practices adopted by businesses.

Businesses of all sizes – MSMEs or large scale orgns need to LEARN, UNDERSTAND, IMPLEMENT these solutions internally to ensure the Health and Wellbeing of Communities which will become the Global Priority now.

Its hightime that Accounting Professionals , Management Systems Consultants join hands together to deliver good Sustainable Business Practices, Solutions to businesses .

Value Added , in its 30 years of Consulting journey, had seen the saga of Certifications, Accreditations and impact made by these market place recognition programs on businesses for their business growth. We have facilitated , guided more than 500 + organisations to implement multiple Management Systems Certifications, Accreditation Programs fro many sectors.

It would be interesting to see the rise and Sustainable Business Practices at the market place from now.

We shall be organising series of Knowledge Sessions on these Standards and how these get integrated into the business practices of organisations.

Happy Accreditation Day Celebrations to Industry and Stakeholders !

World Accreditation Day 2021 Celebrations

Word Accreditation Day Celebrations 2021 – Organised by Consultants Consortium of Chennai

World Accreditation Day 2021

Theme – Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

09 June 2021 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2021), a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The SDGs are at the core of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a broad and ambitious plan of action with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. Accreditation, in collaboration with other quality infrastructure institutions, provides the technical foundations that are critical to the functioning of developed and developing societies. It enables industrial development, trade competitiveness in global markets, efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, and health and environmental protection.

IAF and ILAC have published a joint WAD 2021 statement by the IAF and ILAC Chairs, a brochure and a poster:

In addition, three videos with the themes of People, Planet and Prosperity will be released on the IAF-ILAC Youtube channel in mid-May. These three pillars group the SDGs according to common goals and are reflective of publications from UNIDOOECD and UNDP.

The Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites, which contain case studies, research and supporting materials demonstrating the benefits and value of accreditation, also now feature an option for searching by SDG. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic may again disrupt physical WAD events, we encourage everyone to celebrate with us online using the hashtag #WAD2021 and to contact your local accreditation body for further details on local media and online seminars and programs they may be organising.

Source : https://www.iaf.nu/articles/World_Accreditation_Day_2021/685

About Consultants Consortium of Chennai – CCC :

Consultants Consortium of Chennai (CCC) is an Association of Management Systems Consultants, registered under the Tamil nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.

The Key Objective of CCC is to work in alignment with the National Quality Mission launched by the Government of India by educating the industry about the role and importance of Standards, Certifications and Regulations in the country as well as in the global markets.

CCC strives to encourage Responsible Consulting through Members of its Association and focus is to Standardize Consulting Practices in alignment with changing market and industry needs in a dynamic manner.

The focus is also to identify areas and industries in which the consultants in the profession of Management Systems Consulting can contribute to the betterment of the society and the country and to promote Management Systems Consulting in such areas or industries.

One of the core objectives is to collaborate with various Industry platforms, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Management Associations, Apex Bodies of Government or Quasi Government Organization to contribute to the betterment of the industry initiatives, which will in turn contribute to the betterment of the society.

Webinar Series organised by CCC :

CCC has organised #WAD2020 successfully. Same initiative is planned by CCC for 2021 as well.
CCC has tentatively scheduled a week long sessions with following topics :

Registrations :

Entry is free for all Management Systems Consultants, Technical Experts, Industry Experts, Professionals, Industry Members, Academia , Students, Members of Trade & Industry Associations

Program Dates are listed above.

Registration Link :

Prior Regn is a MUST for Participation. All regd participants will get email confirmations 2 days before the commencement of the sessions.

For queries on Regns, email can be sent to :

Ms Rama Venugopal – contact@ccc-consultants.org – +919840870532
Mr D Srikanthan – secretariat@ccc-consultants.org – +919003056539

Do visit CCC Website for regular updates – http://ccc-consultants.org/wad-2021-celebrations/

Accreditation of SARS-CoV-2

Announcement from NABL on Covid 19 Testing

Accepting applications for accreditation of SARS-CoV-2Announcement Released on 25th May 2021

NABL is accepting applications from laboratories performing Real Time RT PCR Test, RT LAMP Assay, CRISPR – Cas9 based assay, Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification test (Closed System) for SARS-CoV-2. Laboratories may apply directly for accreditation of SARS-C0V-2 by different methods.

The laboratories which have been granted accreditation for Real Time RT PCR Test for other RNA viruses during the Final Assessment are advised to apply for accreditation of SARS-CoV-2 during the Onsite Surveillance or earlier.

The laboratories which have been granted accreditation for Real Time RT PCR Test for other RNA viruses during scope extension are advised to apply for accreditation of SARS-CoV-2 during the Renewal of accreditation or earlier.

Download the Announcement from here

Source : https://nabl-india.org/news-announcements/