ISLAMABAD    -   Minister for Industries and Production, Makhdoom Syed Murtaza Mahmood on Thurs­day assured full support of the government to address all challenges faced by the surgi­cal instruments’ manufactur­ing industry of the country. 

He stated this during his vis­it to the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP), Sialkot, said a press release issued here. 

He advised to take on board all the relevant organizations which include Ministry of Sci­ence and Technology, Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan Coun­cil of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and more for an early resolution of medical device regulations (MDR) which will come in force in 2024 and may seriously affect the exports of this sector if compliance is not achieved by the industry.

He assured to seek possibili­ties at the government level to negotiate with other inter­national certification bodies for providing MDR solutions to the industry. He advised the industry to identify two to three medical devices for reverse engineering and local manufacturing with the sup­port of Ministry of Industry at­tached department. The min­ister also directed to review the existing rules and regu­lations of Export Processing Zones Authority(EPZA) and other Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for making them more industry-friendly to increase ease of doing business in the country. He stressed that all the provincial and federal or­ganization and departments need to collaborate to solve problems faced by the surgical industry for further increasing exports of surgical sector. 

He was accompanied by Chairman Engineering Devel­opment Board (EDB) and se­nior officials of the Ministry of Industries and Production and Chairman Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA),

Chief Executive Officers of EDB, Small and Medium Enter­prises Development Authority (SMEDA), National Productiv­ity Organization (NPO), Paki­stan Industrial Technical As­sistance Center (PITAC) and Director Technology Upgra­dation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) were also presented on the occasion. The provincial organizations including Punjab Small Indus­trial Corporation, Cluster De­velopment Institute, TEVTA and Customs Department also attended the meeting.