Medical Device And InVitro Diagnostic Devices Registration In INDIA (Manufacturing, Import, Sales & Distribution)

Complying with Regulations and Registering the devices and diagnostics as per Indian regulations (CDSCO) is to ensure and assess the quality, safety and efficacy/performance of the devices and diagnostics towards achieving harmonization, which will have a significant impact on patient safety. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has the responsibility of overseeing that medical devices sold in the country are safe and effective.

What are Medical Devices?

“Medical Devices” means any instrument, apparatus, machine, appliance, implant, in vitro reagent or calibrator, software intended for internal or external use in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of diseases or disorder in human beings or animals by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic.

What are InVitro Diagnostics?

In Vitro Diagnostics are the Medical devices and accessories used to perform tests on samples, (Examples: Blood, Urine, & Tissue that has been taken from the human or animal body) in order to help detect infection, Diagnose a medical condition.

Major phases in the lifespan of a medical device depicted as below, make it easier to understand the regulatory system. For example, the development phase includes development planning, design verification/validation, Biocompatibility, and clinical trials.

  1. Pre-market phase is performed on the device to ensure that the product to be placed on-market complies with regulatory requirements. Labelling and advertising control is maintained for correct product representation.
  2. Placing-on-market (by Vendor, Vendor could be a manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, retailer)control ensures establishment registration, device listing and after-sale obligations.
  3. Post-market surveillance/vigilance ensures the continued safety and performance of devices in use.

Classification of Medical Devices and InVitro Diagnostic devices

India have adopted a risk-based classification for medical devices wherein the devices are classified according to the risk associated with the intended and indication for use of the device.

Class A: Low Risk (Example: Thermometers, tongue depressors)

Class B: Low moderate Risk (Example: Hypodermic needles, suction equipment)

Class C: Moderate high Risk (Example: Lung ventilator, Bone fixation)

Class D: High Risk (Example: Heart Valves, Implantable devices)

Process of Registration &Documents required for Medical Devices registration

  • Appoint an India authorized agent to work with CDSCO
  • Covering Letter
  • Power of Attorney
  • Free Sale Certificate
  • Constitution Details Documents relating to constitution of firm
  • Manufacturing Premises Plan/Layout
  • Full particulars of competent and regular technical staff
  • Executive summary of Device
  • Instruction for use (IFU)
  • Plant Master File
  • Specific Environmental Requirements (ISO 14001)
  • Device Master File
  •  Labelling & Sterilization Report
  •  Testing Results (Stability data, Biocompatibility data) & Clinical data
  •  CE Mark Certification
  • ISO 13485:2016 Certificate
  • Declaration of Conformity
  •  Device Design, Verification & Validation Report
  •  Upload all the documents in the CDSCO (SUGAM) online portal and pay the application fees &you will receive an acknowledgment.
  •  CDSCO will review applications, may request the submission of a technical presentation or subject expert committee review.
  •  If approved, CDSCO will issue a registration certificate. This certificate does not expire Validity of the Certificate is for 5 Years. Fees need to be paid every 5 Years.
  •  Once Certificate is obtained for the products, Manufacturer can manufacture and also can proceed with marketing of medical devices & diagnostics in India. Indian Authorized agent may import the products into India.


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Post successful completion of audit, a certificate is issued by the accredited registrar.

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