Mr Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Manufacturers
At a time when every country on this planet is pushing and facilitating their exports and encouraging domestic industry, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's strange reluctance to issue ‘Free Sale Certificate' to domestically manufactured medical devices for the purpose of exports despite competent certifications being held by bonafide exporters and recommendations by Ministry of Commerce and DGFT has created a major roadblock for the Indian exports and domestic medical device industry.
MoH&FW's stance and attitude is even more perplexing and inexplicable when imports are being given a free run even as PM Modi is un relentlessly pursuing the ‘Make in India' dream to encourage domestic manufacturing and increasing India's exports of hi-value products.
"It is very unfortunate that our own MoH&FW has become India's biggest non-tariff barrier for Indian exports while laying zero non-tariff barrier for market access by importers and foreign manufacturers," lamented Mr Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Manufacturers.
"Lack of availability of Free Sales Certification has resulted in lost opportunity and lost of face as manufacturers are losing their face after evoking the interest and expectations of the overseas distributors wishing to procure Indian medical devices. This is embarrassing .The myopic stance of MoH&FW is all the more perplexing at a time when PM Modi in unrelentlessely pursuing ‘Make in India' dream and trying to galvanize Indian exports of high value products," added Rajiv Nath.