BA BE Centres Regn Process

CDSCO Announcement – BA BE Centres to apply online for Registration Process

CDSCO to move application process for registration of centers for BA/BE studies online from Oct 15 2021

CDSCO has released a notification recently on registration process for BA/ BE Centers.

The National Drug Regulator has switched the applications for registration of bioavailability/bioequivalence (BA/BE) studies from the industry, from physical to digital from the middle of this month – 15th Oct 2021. This is in line with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation’s (CDSCO) efforts to implement an e-governance mechanism in the organisation.

The Drugs Controller General (India) Dr V G Somani, in a notice, said that the CDSCO, in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), has developed a module for online processing of applications for registration of BA/BE study centres in accordance with New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019.

The module is finalised and has been made functional, which can be accessed through the dedicated website of CDSCO. The drug regulatory also requested all concerned stakeholders to avail the facility and welcomed any comments or suggestions to help improve the module.

“Thereafter, the BA/BE centre registration applications processing will be online and physical applications may not be accepted after October 15, 2021, in this regard,” said the notice.

The move comes as CDSCO’s efforts to implement the e-governance mechanism with various online services launched through the Sugam portal on November 14, 2015.

On September 30, the CDSCO has said that the submission of applications on Post Approval Changes in bioavailability (BA)/bioequivalence (BE) study permission and import license for export purpose is functional on online system of Sugam portal, in order to streamline the regulatory submission procedure.

“The facility of offline submission of applications in hard copy or through e-mail may not be available after October 8, 2021, for processing,” said a notice, issued to all stakeholders, State and Union Territory Licensing Authorities and others.

The Sugam e-governance portal has been designed as a single window system for all the stakeholders to access the services provided by the portal, by implementing role based access control and actions. It has consolidated the entire drug regulatory framework at centre and provides a centralised dashboard for monitoring various regulatory clearances all over the country.

The portal is well integrated with the e-Nivesh that is the National portal to provide the project proponent/entrepreneur with all requisite information under one umbrella, which will reduce delays in various regulatory processes. SUGAM enables ease of business by providing the integrated workflow right from making an application for grant of permission/ license, online payment, online review process, query management and grant of permission/license online. Sugam portal internally builds the database of drugs & manufacturers and their current regulatory status (approved/ banned) in India, according to C-DAC, which created the portal.

Source : http://www.pharmabiz.com/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=143001&sid=1

CDSCO Notification

Download the Notification from CDSCO here

FAQs Session With CDSCO

Medical Device Regulations – Non Notified Devices – Voluntary Registration ProcessSeptember 19th 2021, Sunday – 4 PM – 5 PM

Let Our REGULATOR Speak to You !

Do Join Us to get answers to your FAQs on Voluntary Registration Process !

Voluntary Registration Process rolled out by CDSCO for Non Notified Devices is coming to an end by Sep 30th 2021. Industry Forums are receiving so many FAQs from various stakeholders over the last 2 months asking many questions on Voluntary Registration Process and raising wide range of questions on WHAT HAPPENS FROM OCTOBER 1ST 2021.

Hence AIMED (Association of Indian Medical Device Industry) is organising a session to enable the industry, stakeholders to get their FAQs addressed from the Regulator.

Some of the FAQs raised by stakeholders are captured below and we invite industry, stakeholders to register and join the session to discuss pertinent issues , challenges faced, if any.

This program is the initiative of AIMED , a leading Industry Platform for Make in India Manufacturers representing the Voice of the Industry.

Program Information :

Some FAQs from Industry which need information from CDSCO :

Registration Details :

Who Should Attend ?

Program is Open for all Industry Members, Stakeholders like Manufacturers, Traders, Distributors, Startups, Med Tech Businesses etc.

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE but Prior Registration is a MUST.

Registered Participants shall get Email Confirmation 2 days before the session from Consultants Consortium of Chennai .

Registration Link

Download the program collaterals from here

Contact Co-ordinates :

Ms Rama Venugopal
Email – contact@ccc-consultants.org
WhatsApp – +91 9840870532

Mr D Srikanthan
Email – secretariat@ccc-consultants.org
WhatsApp – +91 9003056539

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.

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/

Medical Testing Labs

Regulations or Accreditations ??? – beginning of a new conundrum

Medical Labs are undoubtedly an important part of the health ecosystem in any country but in India, like many other sectors related to health and safety, they have remained largely unregulated and therefore lacking assurance of quality and reliability.

The Clinical Establishments Act, 2010 intended to fill this gap but unfortunately only 11 states and almost all union territories have adopted the Act till now and from all accounts none has enforced the minimum standards prescribed under it. Therefore, there is not even data on how many medical labs are operating in the country much less any measure of their quality. The role of medical labs came into sharper focus as covid pandemic set in and India scrambled to develop covid testing facilities.The question begs an answer not only in relation to covid testing but for the larger issue of assuring quality of medical labs in general in the country.

Read the informative post by Mr Anil Jauhri, International Conformity Assessment Expert about Medical Labs and whether they need Regulations or Accreditations in the country .

Source : Healthcare Quality News Letter from QAI – http://www.qai.org.in/

Regulate Online Health Aggregators

Health Ministry Advisory to States, UTs

The Union Health Ministry has asked all states and UTs to implement a time-bound action plan for regulating online health service aggregators who have neither provided any details of laboratories on behalf of which they are providing services, nor their registration status, including compliance to minimum standards.

The ministry has further advised that the Department of Home of the state concerned may also be requested to investigate such matters with an objective to prevent any kind of violation (civil or criminal/cyber or otherwise) of applicable laws.

In a letter written to all states and UTs on January 19, Health Ministry Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan referred to an August 2020 order by the Delhi High Court which directed the ‘concerned authorities’ to initiate action against any illegal online health service aggregators operating in Delhi in violation of the ‘applicable laws’, including the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulations) Act, 2010.

Health Secretary said the laboratories and other clinical establishments, providing any type of medical services, are required to be registered either under the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulations) Act, 2010 (in those states/UTs where it is applicable) or under the state laws, as applicable.

This ministry has also notified in gazette, the minimum standards for laboratory services vide notifications dated May 21, 2018, and the amendment notification dated February 14, 2020, the letter stated.

Certain online health service aggregators, operational in various parts of the country, may perhaps be neither providing any details of laboratories, on behalf of which, they are providing services, nor their registration status, including compliance to minimum standards, Secretary said in the letter addressed to chief secretaries and administrators of all states and UTs.

The details of qualified staff, as required for running the laboratory services, may also not be available on their online portals.

“Health being a state subject, and keeping in view the directions of the Hon’ble Court in the above said order, it is requested, that a time-bound action plan may be made and implemented, as per the applicable laws, for regulating such online health service aggregators, and the related service providers, operational in your state/UT.

“It is further advised that the Department of Home of the state concerned may also be requested to investigate such matters with an objective to prevent any kind of violation (civil or criminal/cyber or otherwise) of applicable laws. It is further requested that an Action Taken Report may be sent to this Department on a priority basis,” the letter said.

Download the advisory issued by Dept of Health, MoH&FW

Medical Devices Regulation

Announcement from CDSCO

CDSCO has released a notification about the regulation of certain medical devices like blood glucose monitors, BP monitors, Nebulisers and Thermometers , the same is shared here

Medical Device Industry and other stakeholders including Hospitals, Diagnostics Sector, other healthcare orgns and patient communities have to follow the med dev regulations that are being announced on regular basis .