Mr Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD
The Association of Indian Medical Device Manufacturers (AiMeD) has strongly opposed the idea of permitting the import of any kind of pre-owned and refurbished medical equipment on the grounds of serious health safety issue for Indian people as is being lobbied by a segment of importers from the platform of CII.
In addition, it has cited disruptive and adverse impact on domestic manufacturing of medical devices which only now has beginning to gain pace.
An ‘Inter-Ministerial Committee of Government of India for Restricting Import of Refurbished Medical Equipment including Radiology Products & Flexible Medical Video Endoscopes' has recently solicited various stakeholders' view on the matter.
Giving a detailed reasoning and analysis of ground realities, AiMeD has built a strong case against any leniency for permitting import of refurbished and pre-owned medical equipment.