The 22nd conference of Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) was recently held New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) Health & Family Welfare Anupriya Patel.
The five day conference was organised by Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and National Drug Regulatory Authority (NDRA) of India in collaboration with Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The key objective of the conference was to develop and recommend approaches for convergence and harmonization of medical device regulations in Asia and beyond. It also aimed at facilitating exchange of knowledge and expertise amongst regulators and industry.
AHWP is voluntary non-profit organization that aims to promote regulatory harmonization on medical device regulations in Asia and other regions in accordance with the guidance issued by International Medical Device Regulators Forums (IMDRF). It was established in 1999 by of 30 national regulators of member countries and industry members. It works in collaboration with related international organizations such as IMDRF, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), World Health Organisation (WHO) etc.