Medical Plastic Data Service Magazine



Our 28th Year of Publication
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Cover Story

Gujarat – A Pioneer & No 1 Manufacturing Hub For Life Science Industry In India

Dr. H G Koshia, Commissioner
Food & Drugs Control Administration, Gandhinagar (Gujarat)

In an extensive interview with “Medical Plastics Data Service”, Dr H G Koshia shares important facts & figures regarding the achievements of the state including Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Diagnostics and Biotechnology Sub-Sectors. He also shares about the vital and catalytic role played by Food & Drug Control Administration (FDCA), Gujarat.

Gujarat –A leading State For Medical Device Manufacturing In India.

With around 300 licenced manufacturers including high end products.

Manufacturing 78 % In Cardiac Stents, 50% intraocular lenses, 35 % Diagnostic Reagents and large number of other critical care products. Companies Recognised Globally.


Gujarat Pharma Industry : No 1 In India with :


3300 mfg. units, contributes 33 % of India’s Pharma sector turnover, 28 % of country’s Pharma exports, received 16 % FDI, Also 40 % of Pharma Machinery Manufacturing in India.


FDCA Gujarat : Pioneer in initiating Medical Device Regulatory Process in the Country with vital role in formulating Medical Device Rules.


Played active role to educate, counsel and guide medical device companies to obtain licenses.


FDCA Gujarat played catalatic role in promoting Largest Number of COVID 19 Management Products both in Medical Devices as well as Pharma categories like PPEs.


Hydroxycholoquine and Azithromycine, Medical oxygen, hand sanitizer, Remdesivir etc. within very short time.


Challenges faced By Guj. Medical Device Companies :


- multiple government departments wanting to regulate the industry
- Uncertainty on the policy of price capping
- Needs Better Infrastructure Support
- Taxes


Contribution of Gujarat FDCA in the Growth of Gujarat Medical Device Industry

  • Before New Medical Devices rules came in existence the devices were coming under Drugs under Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 rules thereunder.

  • Because of the suggestions and technical inputs from Gujarat FDCA new medical devices rules were came in existence in 2017.

  • Gujarat played a vital role in the department of Medical Devices rules.

  • Initially manufacturer manufacturing such kind of devices were out of regulations. Hence after the new medical devices rules FDCA played active and important role to educate, counsel and guide all the manufacturers to obtain license.

  • Hence today there are around 300 licenced manufacturers including manufacturers of high end products in the cardiovascular, orthopaedic, ophthalmic and other critical care categories.

Medical Device Industry Statistics


The Indian Medical Device Industry is amongst the top 20 markets for Medical Devices in the world and is 4th in Asia



However a significant part of the market remains import dependant (drive by high end engineering complexity and high end innovation)


Source : Ministry of Commerce, Industry Estimates, PwC analysis
Note : Some of the import products are used in exports also, and hence a higher number for imports than domestic sales

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