MTaI Seeks Relook At Revised
Public Procurement Order On Medical Devices
New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) The Medical Technology
Association of India (MTaI) on Wednesday said the recent public procurement
order on medical devices has come as a surprise to the industry and needs
The order by the Department of Pharmaceuticals
dated March 25, notifies 19 more items of medical devices for which only a
class-I local supplier shall be eligible to bid irrespective of purchase value.
MTaI claims that the revised Public Procurement
Order (PPO) may deprive patients of their access to innovative and quality
The PPO has come as a big surprise to the industry
in the absence of thorough stakeholder consultations and those consultations
which may have been held were marked with tokenism, MTaI said in a statement.
"There are just too many categories the PPO is
attempting to facilitate, without even considering the technological complexity
and the time which will be required to import substitute," MTaI Chairman &
Director General Pavan Choudary said.
Echoing similar views, MTaI Director Sanjay Bhutani
said the revised PPO is a regressive step and may further impact the chances of
India becoming an investment destination.
The industry seeks a reconsideration of the order
and looks forward to a thorough consultation with the government to share its
suggestions, it added. PTI AKT ANU ANU