CDSCO Overview - India Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization is the Indian regulatory body for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, being the equivallent of the FDA in the US. The CDSCO is responsible for the regulating the manufacture, approval and sale of medical devices and drugs in India, for clinical trials as well as for providing expert advice on health issues and the enforcement of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

The department within the CDSCO responsible for regulating medical devices and drugs is known as the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), in institution under the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Inspections, audits, post-market surveillance and recalls are done through the department that is split into zonal offices.

Major Regulations

Some of the most important regulations for medical devices in India are:

A full list of CDSCO regulations can be found here.

Contact details:

Medical Device Associations in India: