OHSAS Standard

Webinar on OHSAS Standards for Businesses – Jan 28th 2022, Friday – 4 PM – 5 30 PM

Covid 19 outbreaks still continue and businesses struggling with hybrid work options.

Businesses and Enterprises have the responsibility to protect the health and safety of their workers.

Helping employees return to work, safely and confidently, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is no easy task for any organisation.

Creating a Safer Work Place is the need of the hour and businesses have to focus on introducing Safe Work Place Practices, Systems to offer an assurance to the employees that they continue to work on safer environment and work place has provision to take care of their health and wellbeing.

Many Businesses focus on growing their business responsibly. That means safety is not negotiable – it’s their number one priority.

Safety is about people – caring about people, and ensuring their wellbeing, is the foundation of what it means to be a sustainable business. 

Global Markets have started releasing OSH, OHSAS guidance documents for businesses to follow. Proposed Labour Code in India – OSH Code, also mandates work place health and safety of employees.

Considering the need to provide more assurance to Employees to return to work, to remain working in a safe work place, businesses have started looking for Tools, Guidelines etc to implement best practices to address these needs. Occupational Health and Safety Standard is an International Standard that helps businesses to implement well defined Management Systems to protect employees health and wellbeing.

Andhra Chamber of Commerce is organising a Program on OHSAS by inviting Team from Bureau of Indian Standards to present OHSAS Standards requirements to the industry . This is a Knowledge Sharing Session from Andhra Chamber of Commerce.

Andhra Chamber invites participation from the industry , business units of all sizes to register for the same.

There is no participation fee and the session is open to industry and other stakeholders too.

Program Details :

Date – Jan 28th 2022, Friday
Time – 4 00 PM – 5 30 PM

Regn Link :

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vde2tpjsrHtJ76ZF3jJsvM-CzpqeogaJ4

Contact Details :

Secretariat – Andhra Chamber of Commerce
andhrachamber1@gmail.com
044 – 24315277/78/79

Science Festival

APIS-APCOST-DST- Science Festival (Vigyan Utsav) to be held on 21th January-2022

APIS-APCOST-DST- Science Festival (Vigyan Utsav) as a part of Celebration of 75th Year of Independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav) – 21th January-2022.

Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society to Showcase State’s Policy and Infrastructure provided to encourage Innovation, R&D and Startups is participating in the celebrations of 75 years independence through “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” in partnership with Andhra Pradesh State Council of Science & Technology (APCOST) & Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

This is an call for Startups, Innovators to attend the session.

Program Registration Link :https://forms.gle/Y2mZrnsaVQoeVnJf8

NABH Announcement

Announcement from NABH – Revising Standards for Entry Level Certification Program for Hospitals & Accreditation Program for SHCO

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR COMMENTS ON DRAFT 2ND EDITION ENTRY LEVEL HOSPITALS CERTIFICATION STANDARD

NABH is in the process of revising standards for Entry level certification of Hospitals. The revision standards have been drafted.

The comments, suggestions, objections in the draft document are invited from public at large, including the stakeholders like hospitals and other clinical establishments, industry, consumer groups, etc. The comments may kindly be shared on the form within 15  days of publication of this notice on the website.

The last date for sending the comments is 31st January, 2022.

Click here to view the Draft Entry Level Standards for Hospitals – 2nd Edition

To fill the Feedback form pleases click on below link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3bxRY0pfbxGllhueC3AsrXcCW8jQ_bCI_ueklowc-KQ7ezA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Download the Announcement from NABH Here

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR COMMENTS ON DRAFT 3rd EDITION SMALL HEALTHCARE ORGANISATION (SHCO) ACCREDITATION STANDARD

NABH is in the process of revising standards for Small Healthcare Organizations Accreditation Program. The revision standards have been drafted.

The comments, suggestions, objections in the draft document are invited from public at large, including the stakeholders like hospitals and other clinical establishments, industry, consumer groups, etc. The comments may kindly be shared on the form within 15  days of publication of this notice on the website.

The last date for sending the comments is 31st Jan 2022

Click here to view the Draft Small Healthcare Organizations Accreditation Standards 3rd Edition

To fill the Feedback form pleases click on below link

https://forms.gle/cAEKa6MZbm5g1RgJA

Download NABH Notification from here

Technology Transfer Call

Expression of Interest For Transfer of Technology from CDAC

Announcement from CDAC – CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED COMPUTING

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of Ministry of  Electronics& Information Technology (Meity) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. More details about C-DAC can be found at www.cdac.in

CDAC, Mohali, originally established as CEDTI (Center for Electronics Design & Technology of India) in the year 1989 is a leading organization of the Ministry of Electronics and IT, Govt. of India for electronics and related technologies. The electronics section has executed several Govt. Of India projects in fields of medical and agriculture. A few products / technologies developed during the course of different projects / initiatives have been refined are being offered for ‘Transfer of technology’. At this point of time, the following products are offered on a non-exclusive basis. After due process as per the CDAC’s ToT policy, the successful bidder shall be provided full technical support to productionise and market the products in Indian markets as per the applicable norms. 

  1. Mini Hydroponics system &
  2. Wireless auscultation training system
  3. MK-1ARS

The technology will be transferred on non-exclusive basis. 

      The procedure shall involve the following steps – 

  1. Call for Expression of interest. The interested Organizations/Entrepreneurs/Agencies can inspect the prototype of the product at CDAC Mohali, before submitting their sealed bid of EoI
  2. The TOT committee will analyze received EoI’s on the basis of Technical and financial position, capability and reputation of the applicants. The short listed applicants shall be asked for submission of their sealed best price (financial) bids.
  3. TOT Committee will do the screening and issue offer letters for TOT to one or more applicants based on highest bid or higher than the certain minimum fixed by the empowered authority. 
  4. The selected Organizations/Entrepreneurs/Agencies will pay the TOT fees and sign the agreement for TOT.CDAC will then transfer the technology, hand over all the supporting documents and will provide full technical support and training to the TOT partner.

The ToT package shall contain the following 

  1. Document(s) for design and fabrication with block diagram and schematic level explanation of the system.
  2. Bill of Materials of the total system.
  3. Gerber files for PCB design.
  4. Source code of the software.
  5. Test plan and procedure.
  6. Guidelines for field trial and commissioning.
  7. Training.
  8. Handholding support for a period of 6 months.

General terms & conditions 

  1. The last date for receipt of EoI in the attached template (format) is 6 pm. of  31st  January , 2022. 
  2. This transfer of technology shall be on a non-exclusive basis. 
  3. An expert committee will scrutinize the applications for follow-up action. The applicants may be called for a presentation regarding their strengths and business proposals. 
  4. All incidental expenditure incurred in preparation/ submission or presentation of the EoI shall be borne by the participating Organizations/Entrepreneurs/Agencies.
  5. Participation in this EoI does not guarantee any association with C-DAC unless notified by C-DAC in writing. 
  6. C-DAC reserves the right of rejecting any offer without assigning reasons. 
  7. Any offer received after due date/time will not be accepted. 
  8. There is neither a business guarantee nor any commitment for funding support from C-DAC to the appointed/ Empanelled agencies. 
  9. A Committee of experts constituted by the competent authority (Director General, CDAC in congruence with Executive Director, CDAC Mohali) will assess capabilities and strengths of the applicant/industry before finalizing the TOT. The minimum turnover of the organization in last three years and/or the manufacturing capabilities may be fixed as one of the eligibility criteria for short listing o f the applicants. 
  10. The shortlisted applicants shall then be invited for financial bidding. C-DAC Mohali reserves the right for asking security fee. Based on value quoted and subject to minimum fixed by committee; one or more of the applicants shall be selected for TOT. 
  11. The selected applicant willing to take technology for commercial exploitation will be required to enter into a ToT agreement with C-DAC as per the terms and conditions approved by the competent authority for the purpose. 
  12. The decision of the committee/ Director General, C-DAC / Executive Director C-DAC, Mohali shall be binding on all concerned. 

Who can apply? 

•Organizations/Entrepreneurs/Agencies with experience or interest in Electronics or Information    and Communications Technology (ICT) 

•Organizations/Entrepreneurs/Agencies willing to take up the local production and    manufacturing of Electronic Stethoscope.

How to apply? 

Interested Organizations/Entrepreneurs/Agencies may send expression of interest with their details by filling the questionnaire as per Annexure – A along with supporting documents to following address. 

The participants may then be asked for financial bidding for the transfer of technology. 

Executive Director  
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) 
A 34, Phase VIII Industrial  Area, Mohali(Near Chandigarh)Punjab ,INDIA
Phone: +91-172-6619000, 2237052-57
Fax: +91-172-2237050-51

Note: For any queries please contact : 
Ms. Brijinder Kaur Tel: + 91-172-6619073, 
Email: brijinder@cdac.in

Download the EoI Document here for more detailed information :

Source : https://www.cdac.in/index.aspx?id=pdf_inviting_EoI_website_banner_F

Indian Made Omicron Test Kit

Tata Medical and Diagnostics has developed a kit “OmiSure” for detecting Omicron variants in RT-PCR Tests

Tata Medical and Diagnostics has developed a kit called “OmiSure” that can detect Omicron variants of SARS-CoV2 in nasopharyngeal / oropharyngeal specimens during RT-PCR testing. As per the company’s press release, the test kit is compatible with all standard real-time PCR machines. This kit can detect Omicron variants as well as other variants of SARS-CoV2 reported so far.

Currently, patients with Omicron are detected only after genomic sequencing. This test helped eliminate that step and could make detections during the test. The kit was developed to detect new variants of SARS-CoV2 directly and very specifically. Head of Research and Development , TATAMD said the first target is based on the S gene dropout or S gene target disorder (SGTF) and the second target is based on the S gene mutation amplification (SGMA). The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved the kit.

Presently, the Omicron variant is being detected using test kits developed by US-based Thermo Fisher which uses S-Gene Target Failure (SGTF) technology, which is also used by OmiSure.

In its letter approving the kit, the ICMR stated: “The tests have been performed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Responsibility for batch-to-batch consistency lies with the manufacturer.”

The company had applied for a license with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). The kit will be manufactured by TATAMD at the Sriperumbudur facility in Tamil Nadu once the license is approved by the CDSCO. The company currently has daily capacity of 2,000,000 kits and plan to increase the capacity from 5,000,000 to 10,00,000 by the third week of January. The kits are manufactured in both the domestic and international markets. The company also applied for a patent for this kit .

Download the ICMR Approval here

Source

https://indianewsrepublic.com/tata-medical-and-diagnostics-has-developed-a-kit-omisure-for-detecting-omicron-variants-in-rt-pcr-tests/605532/

https://www.gonewsindia.com/latest-headlines/icmr-approves-first-rt-pcr-kit-to-detect-omicron-variant-by-tata-named-omisure-11809

https://www.icmr.gov.in/ckitevaluation.html

Semi Conductor Manufacturing

Semiconductors and Display Fab Ecosystem – PLI Scheme for Manufacturing in India

 Program for Development of Semiconductor and Display Manufacturing Ecosystem Notified

In furtherance of the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and positioning India as the global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing, the Cabinet approved the comprehensive program for the development of sustainable semiconductor and display ecosystem in the country with an outlay of Rs.76,000 crore (>10 billion USD). The programme will usher in a new era in electronics manufacturing by providing a globally competitive incentive package to companies in semiconductors and display manufacturing as well as design. This shall pave the way for India’s technological leadership in these areas of strategic importance and economic self-reliance.

Semiconductors and displays are the foundation of modern electronics driving the next phase of digital transformation under Industry 4.0. Semiconductors and display manufacturing is very complex and technology-intensive sector involving huge capital investments, high risk, long gestation and payback periods, and rapid changes in technology, which require significant and sustained investments. The programme will give an impetus to semiconductors and display manufacturing by facilitating capital support and technological collaborations.

The programme aims to provide attractive incentive support to companies / consortia that are engaged in Silicon Semiconductor Fabs, Display Fabs, Compound Semiconductors / Silicon Photonics / Sensors (including MEMS) Fabs, Semiconductor Packaging (ATMP / OSAT) and Semiconductor Design.

Following broad incentives have been approved for the development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in India:

Semiconductor Fabs and Display Fabs:The Schemes for Setting up of Semiconductor Fabs and Display Fabs in India shall extend fiscal support of up to 50% of project cost on pari-passu basis to applicants who are found eligible and have the technology as well as capacity to execute such highly capital and resource intensive projects. Government of India will work closely with the State Governments to establish High-Tech Clusters with requisite infrastructure in terms of land, semiconductor grade water, high quality power, logistics and research ecosystem to approve applications for setting up at least two greenfield Semiconductor Fabs and two Display Fabs in the country.

Semi-conductor Laboratory (SCL): Union Cabinet has also approved that Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will take requisite steps for modernization and commercialization of Semi-conductor Laboratory (SCL), Mohali. MeitY will explore the possibility for the Joint Venture of SCL with a commercial fab partner to modernize the brownfield fab facility.

Compound Semiconductors / Silicon Photonics / Sensors (including MEMS) Fabs and Semiconductor ATMP / OSAT Units: The Scheme for Setting up of Compound Semiconductors / Silicon Photonics / Sensors (including MEMS) Fabs and Semiconductor ATMP / OSAT facilities in India shall extend fiscal support of 30% of capital expenditure to approved units. At least 15 such units of Compound Semiconductors and Semiconductor Packaging are expected to be established with Government support under this scheme.

Semiconductor Design Companies: The Design Linked Incentive (DLI) Scheme shall extend product design linked incentive of up to 50% of eligible expenditure and product deployment linked incentive of 6% – 4% on net sales for five years. Support will be provided to 100 domestic companies of semiconductor design for Integrated Circuits (ICs), Chipsets, System on Chips (SoCs), Systems & IP Cores and semiconductor linked design and facilitating the growth of not less than 20 such companies which can achieve turnover of more than Rs.1500 crore in the coming five years.

India Semiconductor Mission: In order to drive the long-term strategies for developing a sustainable semiconductors and display ecosystem, a specialized and independent “India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)” will be set up. The India Semiconductor Mission will be led by global experts in semiconductor and display industry. It will act as the nodal agency for efficient and smooth implementation of the schemes for setting up of Semiconductor and Display Fabs.

SchemeNotificationGuidelines
Scheme for setting up of Semiconductor Fabs in IndiaLink of NotificationLink of Guidelines
Scheme for setting up of Display Fabs in IndiaLink of NotificationLink of Guidelines
Scheme for setting up of Compound Semiconductors / Silicon Photonics / Sensors Fab and Semiconductor Assembly, Testing, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) / OSAT facilities in IndiaLink of NotificationLink of Guidelines
Design Linked Incentive (DLI) SchemeLink of NotificationLink of Guidelines

Source : https://www.meity.gov.in/esdm/Semiconductors-and-Display-Fab-Ecosystem

Application Portal

A Dedicated Portal For India Semiconductor Mission Launched

The government of India has launched a new portal solely dedicated to the India Semiconductor Mission. This portal will serve as one window for all the works related to applications for the recently announced semiconductors program in the country.

A dedicated portal – https://ism.gov.in for the ISM shall serve as a single window for registering and filing applications under the three schemes viz.

(i) Scheme for setting up of Semiconductor Fabs in India;

(ii) Scheme for setting up of Display Fabs in India; and

(iii) Scheme for setting up of Compound Semiconductors / Silicon Photonics / Sensors Fab and Semiconductor Assembly, Testing, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) / OSAT facilities in India

The government is expecting 15 to 20 companies to be supported in each category that is Compound Semiconductor and ATMP. It will provide up to 50 percent of Project cost for two semiconductor and two display fabs in the country. The Application window starts January 1 and will be open for 45 days. Support under the scheme shall be provided on pari-passu basis for a period of six years. The capital investment threshold stands at a minimum of ₹20,000 crore, while the revenue threshold is at a minimum of Rs 7,500 Crore in any of the three financial years preceding the year of submission. India presently relies completely on imports for meeting its semiconductor needs.

Register in the Portal Here

Source : https://www.electronicsb2b.com/headlines/a-dedicated-portal-for-india-semiconductor-mission-launched/

InformationUpdate

Industry Information Updates – Healthcare Sector

NABH Announcements

Announcements from NABH – Fee Remittance Norms & Communication Matrix to be followed by all Applicant / Certified / Accredited Healthcare Organizations

Announcement 1 – Fee Remittance Notification

Kind Attention : All applicant / Accredited / Certified Health Care Organisations under all programs of NABH

In continuation to the previous notice of NABH related to fee payments  issued  on February 16, 2021, many Healthcare Organisations associated with NABH, are still making direct payment to Quality Council of India – NABH. NABH is facing d i f f i cu l t y in reconciling the amounts received directly as the details of payment are also not updated by the respective HCOs in their online portal.

To avoid unnecessary wastage of time  and  manpower  in  tracking  the  payments, NABH advises its stakeholders to  make payments  only through  the online portal  using the Payment Gateway  so that the payments  are appropriately  tracked  for  convenience  of all the parties.

In order to facilitate the Healthcare  Organisations  to reconcile  the fee payment  status,  NABH is requesting all the HCOs to follow the below steps with immediate effect:

  1. The HCOs a r e advised to login into their HCO account on the NABH portal for making payments through payment gateway via credit card/debit card/net banking.
  • HCOs are advised to refrain from depositing cash/cheque/DD directly into  any  account of Quality Council of India.
  • In case the HCO has no other option but Bank Transfer (NEFT/RTGS), it shall be responsibility of the HCO to update the transaction details like Unique Transaction Reference (UTR) Number, Date of Transaction, Transaction Amount, etc  on  the NABH Portal under the Make Payment category and inform NABH that the Payment was done and get the receipts generated for the payments made.
  • The HCOs are also requested to ensure that the payment details with respect to fee payments of current and previous accreditation cycles have been updated on the NABH portal account of the HCO, if not done earlier.

QCI-NABH plans to stop direct payments into its accounts done through DD/Cheque/Cash Deposit/Offline Bank Transfer (NEFT/RTGS) by March 31, 2022 and is seeking the cooperation from HCOs in this regards.

Download the notification from NABH here

Announcement 2 – Communication Matrix Released for the benefit of all Applicant / Certified / Accredited HCOs

NABH has earlier issued NABH communication matrix – NABH/Notification/Communication/2020/2049 dated 25th September 2020

All the applicant and accredited/ certified HCOs that are listed in the NABH portal have the provisions for making communications with the officials of NABH through “REMARKS COLUMN”. All HCOs are requested to utilise “REMARKS” for communicating/ raising queries regarding status of their applications for accreditation/ certification to ensure transparency as well as for records.

HCOs are also requested to refrain themselves from communicating through emails or telephonically. It is practically not possible to reply to each mail or phone call individually. Moreover, neither your communication nor reply from NABH is captured for the case record purpose.

In case, the queries of the HCOs submitted through remarks on the portal are not replied within three working days, emails to Program Heads may be sent, along with contents of email copied at on-line portal remark column. The list of all programs of NABH and the responsible Program Head with contact details are listed in the notification released by NABH.

Download the notification from NABH

Source : https://nabh.co/index.aspx

Medical Device Regulations

Indian Medical Device Rules 17 – Regulatory Affairs – Learning & Development Series

PWMAI – Preventive Manufacturers Association of India is creating online web series on Indian Medical Device Rules on the most frequently asked questions for the benefit of industry , stakeholders.

The Learning and Development Series will have short video sessions on wide range topics and subjects based on MDR 17.

Industry and all other stakeholders are requested to visit this page regularly for more updates, recent uploads.

TopicYoutube LinkCreated by
How to create User Registration in MD CDSCO Portal ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klCBqt2akRcPWMAI
Creation of Undertaking to be uploaded in MD CDSCO portalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYd-8BzCkck&t=33sPWMAI
What is MDR (Medical Device Rules) ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbadl4a0DAM&t=153sPWMAI
Essential Principles for Medical Device Safety & Performancehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWPQkp_0C74PWMAI

About PWMAI

PWMAI– Preventive Wear Manufacturers’ Association of India is a team of people engaged in manufacturing of Preventive Wear products. Primary domain of manufacturers of this group is Surgical Gowns & Drapes which are used for infection control in Healthcare Settings.