Islamabad-Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan’s Medical Devices Board on Wednesday decided to authorise regional offices for issuing no-objection certificates for import and export of medical devices, said an official.

A statement issued here said that first meeting of the newly-constituted Medical Devices Board was held on Tuesday after promulgation of the Medical Devices Rules 2017.

The board took key decision to facilitate the patients and to ease procedures for the industry.

The Board authorised the DRAP’s regional offices for issuance of NOCs for import and export of small quantities of medical devices for personal use and raw material and finished medical devices.

A committee headed by Tahir Aziz, an expert in hospital pharmacy and procurement, was tasked to prepare Adverse Event Form (AEF) for medical devices to be filled by the importers, distributors and manufacturers. Aziz presented the AEF form before the board for deliberation. The board lauded the efforts made in this regard.

In addition, a committee was formed to prepare advisory for the provincial governments to either change the title of drug sale license to therapeutic goods sale license or introduce new licenses for sale of medical devices.