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Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai January 12 , 2018
The government of Andhra Pradesh has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to set up the Directorate of Radiation Safety (DRS) at India’s first medical device park, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) in Visakhapatnam.

Under this agreement, the directorate staff shall be supported and trained by AERB to undertake regulatory inspections and verify compliance of the various x-ray installations in the state. With the setting up of DRS at AMTZ, the manufacturers of radiological equipment shall be immensely benefited towards certifications for their products. The safety in hospitals is set to get a boost with this initiative.

AERB has a mandate to ensure that the use of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to health and the environment. With this, Andhra Pradesh joins the elite group for hosting the directorate of radiation safety for AERB.

The recognition plaque was handed over by Dr. Avinash U. Sonawane, head, Directorate of Regulatory Affairs & Communications, AERB to Dr. Jitendar Kumar Sharma, CEO, AMTZ and Dr. Poonam Malakondaiah, principal secretary, Department of Health, Medical & Family Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh in the presence of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandra Babu Naidu.

An MoU was also recently signed between Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC) and Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) to drive ‘Made in India’ exports of medical technology products.

This is envisaged to provide much-needed support for Indian medical device manufacturers to increase export of ‘Made in India’ products to cater to global medical device demand of approximately Rs.30 lakh crore.

The partnership will enable manufacturers at AMTZ with access to global exhibitions, export promotion events etc. where Indian medical technology products can be showcased, with support from EEPC.

As part of the agreement, AMTZ would provide EEPC with support in the areas of domestic regulations and technical support relating to medical devices sector. This partnership paves the way for creating an export promotion body for medical devices which will ensure that Indian medical devices can compete to satisfy global demand.

AMTZ has already put in place best in class infrastructure, scientific facilities, regulatory support and preferential market access will also enable manufacturers to export globally with this partnership.

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