The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India recently revised the Compendium for Technical Specifications. The Compendium is a guide for hospitals and other medical institutions for procuring medical equipment and devices.
First launched in October 2006, the Compendium was aimed at improving transparency and creating standardization in procuring healthcare equipment in India. Revisions to the Compendium were done in March 2011 after considering the technological advancements and available medical products for Indiaâ€™s hospital industry.
The technical specifications for medical equipment in the Revised 2011 Compendium encompass a wide range of medical areas, such as neurology, cardiology, dermatology, radiology and ophthalmology. Hospitals and other medical institutions in India are required to use the technical specifications outlined in the Revised 2011 Compendium to help them procure appropriate medical equipment.
The Revised 2011 Compendium will be valid until March 31, 2013.