Spectacles, Lenses and Frames No Longer To Be Listed As Medical Devices: Drug Controller General (India))

The Drug Controller General (India) based on the feedback of the stakeholders has removed Spectacles, spectacle lenses, frames from Medical Devices while retaining contact lenses in Class B Medical Devices as per the notice dated Aug 9 2021.

While thanking the Drug Controller for having heard the feedback from the stakeholders with respect to spectacles , it is important to also acknowledge the efforts of all who made this happen in our optical industry.

Many had tirelessly worked to make this happen – Mr.Subhash Bansal , Mr Anand Meherwal, Mr Sanjeev Madan, Mr Devesh Gupta, Mr Hem Ghag. Mr Abhinav Meherwal, Mr Niranjan Rathi, Mr S.K Khanna , Mr Anil Wadhwa, Mr Hitesh Thakker, Mr Anup Kumar , Mr Devi Prasad, Mr Dinesh Shah, Mr Paulson, Mr Sherif, Mr Snehal Turakhia, Mr Hemant Manay, Mr Sudarshan Binani and names would go endlessly .

In addition the endorsement of Vision 2020 to the industry cause for seeking the exemption of spectacles from Medical Devices needs special mention keeping in mind the interest of achieving Universal Eye Health as envisaged by WHO. The industry representation also made by India Vision Institute for this cause is a testimony of what togetherness means for larger interests besides representation from all state Optical associations including some of the Optometry association.

Ramachandran P
Ramachandran P (Ram) is currently a Business Consultant and a pioneer in the organised lens industry. Earlier he has been associated with Tata Group -Forbes Forbes Campbell having launched brand Resilens (plastic spectacle lens) and then with Essilor India.

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