DCGI Enlists New Regulation For The Classification Of Medical Devices Pertaining Of Physical Support
Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and Rules regulates all new medical device’s safety, quality, and performance. The Central Government has notified the new Medical Devices Rules, 2017 vide G.S.R. 78E dated January 31, 2017, to regulate the import, manufacture, clinical investigation, sale, and distribution of medical devices.
DCGI enlists new classification for Medical Devices pertaining to Physical Support
The Drugs Controller General (India) (DCGI), Directorate General of Health Services, has classified medical devices pertaining to Physical Support. DCGI implemented this classification on July 26, 2021.
Classification of medical device
Under the provisions of Medical Devices Rules, 2017, medical devices are classified into four risk classes, i.e., Risk Class A, B, C, and D. Tables 1, 2, and 3 lists all medical devices and their classification pertaining to Physical Support. The majority of the medical devices are listed under Risk class A whereas Risk Class C and D contain only one medical device each.
|Risk class A|
|Bed traction frame|
|Body arch traction table|
|Canalith repositioning procedure chair, manual|
|Cervical spine collar|
|Cervicothoracic spine orthosis|
|Cervicothoracolumbosacral spine orthosis|
|Collar and cuff arm sling material|
|Horizontal non-powered traction system|
|Paediatric dorsiflexion slant board|
|Parapodium walking frame|
|Risk Class B|
|Ankle continuous passive motion exerciser|
|Chest-oscillation airway secretion clearing system|
|Flotation therapy bed, adult|
|Flotation therapy bed, neonatal|
|Hand/wrist continuous passive motion exerciser|
|Hip/knee continuous passive motion exerciser|
|Intermittent traction system|
|Physical therapy massager|
|Shoulder continuous passive motion exerciser|
|Traction table, line-powered|
|Risk Class C||Risk Class D|
|Neuro-controlled ambulation exoskeleton||Cervical spine immobilization head ring|
Factors associated with the classification of medical devices
As per the sub-rule (3) of rule 4 of Medical Devices Rules, 2017, the DCGI has classified medical devices pertaining to physical support based on the following factors:
- Intended use.
- Risk factors.
- Other parameters as per the First Schedule of Drugs and Cosmetics Ace, 1940
The classification is subjected to changes
As per the provisions of Medical Devices Rules, 2017, the intended use for the medical devices is to guide the applicants during the import or manufacture of the medical devices. Additionally, the classification of medical devices pertaining to Physical Support can revise from time to time.
- The Drugs Controller General (India) has listed a new classification of medical devices pertaining to Physical Support from July 26, 2021.
- The classification is based on the device’s intended use, risk, and other parameters listed in the First Schedule.
- This classification can revise from time to time.
- Classification of Medical Devices pertaining to Physical support under the provisions of Medical Devices Rules, 2017-Reg. Accessed on Aug 8, 2021