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QCI, UL team up with govt and industry to spur robust quality ecosystem to build 'Brand India' in medical devices

The Quality Council of India (QCI) and UL, an independent, global safety science company have brought together government agencies and industry associations to further the quality ecosystem in the country through standardization in medical devices.

Chaired by the Ministry of Commerce and moderated by the Quality Council of India and UL, the Standards Roundtable saw active participation of government agencies such as the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), and 16 industry associations representing diverse sectors, as well as premier industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

A critical agenda of the Standards Roundtable was the draft Indian National Standards Strategy (INSS) released by the Ministry of Commerce recently. The draft INSS focuses on, among other objectives, ‘using standards as an enhancer for competitiveness in the domestic and international markets’ and ‘adopting best practices in standardization, conformity assessment and technical regulations, and creating an integrated infrastructure, roadmaps and institutions for their effective management’.

While India today has more than 19,000 standards, around 5,000 of them are updated and about 135 are mandated for regulation. A phased approach to increase the level of regulation to match other comparable markets will give the domestic industry the right impetus to compete on global as well as domestic scale.

Commenting on the first-of-its-kind effort by the Government to devise a comprehensive Standards strategy, Anil Jauhri, CEO, National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies, India said, “The Government is actively pushing the Standards agenda, and hopefully, with the draft INSS, where the roles of each stakeholder are clearly defined, we can create an action plan to further standardization in India with greater participation from the industries.”

Other strategic discussions in the event under the theme, “Accelerating Standards Development For Building Brand India” centered around speeding up the process of creating domestically relevant, technologically sound, science-based and globally harmonized standards that can foster better safety, sustainability and healthy outcomes for the country. Experts reiterated the need for the industry to proactively support the standardization program of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices gets ‘India Design Mark’

Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices Limited (HMD), which today exists as the country’s leading manufacturer of SMART (auto disable) syringes, was recently granted the most significant distinction ‘India Design Mark’ by the India Design Council.

It has been granted the ‘India Design Mark’ for its recently introduced product ‘Safety Cathy IV Cannula” which is used for drug delivery. It was given this after having successfully completed the evaluation by the jury during an award ceremony in Coimbatore.

The India Design Council exists as an autonomous body under Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India.

The India Design Mark is a design standard, which symbolises excellence in form, function, quality, safety, sustainability and innovation and communicates that the product is usable, durable, aesthetically appealing and socially responsible.

It needs to be understood the Safety IV Cannula , used for giving infusion of drugs, has a protective device “SAFETY SIP CLIP” which encapsulates the tip of the used needle when introducer needle is extracted from the Catheter; Post Cannulation.

The “Safety Sip Clip” prevents accidental needle stick injury, provided that general effective and safe working procedures and precautions are maintained during its use and disposal.

The award was announced by Pradyumna Vyas, Member Secretary, India Design Council in the presence of eminent personalities associated with public and private healthcare, government establishments and healthcare consultancies.

“While this is a prestigious recognition for us at HMD to make the quest for the India Design Mark more popular the procurement officer in Private & Public Healthcare need to give a preference to Medical Devices with the Design to encourage Manufacturer to invest in Quality & Design,” said Pradyumna Vyas, Member Secretary, India Design Council, on the occasion.

Reacting to this granting of ‘India Design Mark’, Rajiv Nath, Joint Managing Director of Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices Ltd (HMD), said, “We are delighted to be honoured by the most significant recognition for our safety IV Cannulas assuring excellence in aspect of design, quality and safety.

“Our product samples were evaluated by the Jury of India Design Mark. The Jury was satisfied with the uniqueness and benefits of the Design of our product and the India Design Mark is awarded to HMD.”

It may be noted that the India Design Mark aims to use the design as strategic element for business excellence, to promote design as a tool for innovation and economic competitiveness in industry and to promote the concept of environment friendly designs.

Rajiv Nath also stressed that the Government urgently needs to deploy “Safety I V Cannulas” to Limit HIV & Hepatitis Epidemics in the Country and to protect Healthcare workers from accidental needle stick injuries while treating infected patients.

“We have been exporting millions of our Safety I V Cannuls to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and other European Countries but (we) are challenged by the discerning Indian doctors who demand quality. The Design Mark should help us gain confidence and trust of those doctors as we did for our Ribbon Packed DISPOVAN Syringes,” said PardeepSareen, Chief of Marketing, at HMD.

HMD is the most prominent and key player in India and abroad in the manufacturing and supply of Syringes, Needles, I.V.Cannulas, Safety I.V.Cannulas, Surgical Blades, Safety Scalpels, Scalpvein Sets, Nonreusable (AD)Syringes, Blood collection tubes and blood collection systems etc.

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