The customs duty on medical devices may get reduced in the forthcoming budget with an aim to boost domestic manufacturing of such goods. This movement will also help promote the governments ambitious initiative ‘Make in India’. Industry chamber CII in its has pre-budget memorandum has asked the government to reduce customs duty from 10 per cent to 2.5 per cent on PDS Plates used for nasal reconstructive surgery. It has also asked to exempt the duty on instruments for joint replacement and spinal equipment. The government has recently set up National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC) to boost manufacturing, attract investments and promote exports of the fast-growing sector.
Medical devices include any instrument, apparatus, appliance, implant, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination, including the software intended by its manufacturer to be used specially for human beings or animals for one or more of the specific purposes. India has achieved a major global position in the pharmaceutical sector.
However, the same has not been replicated in the medical devices industry. Currently, 100 per cent FDI is allowed under the automatic route in the medical devices sector to encourage manufacturing of equipment. Reduction of basic customs duty on PDS Plates to 2.5 per cent would reduce the cost benefit the patients,” CII said.