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
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
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
“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
“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.