The Indian Biomedical Skill Consortium (IBSC) took a giant leap by entering into an MoU with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). This paves the way for biomedical professionals to gain mutual recognition, as AAMI has certified over 7000 biomedical engineering professionals in more than 100 countries. The MoU was signed by Dr Jitendar Sharma, MD & CEO, AMTZ and Dr Brad Schoener, Vice President (Innovation) AAMI in presence of Dr Renu Swaroop Secretary, Dept. of Biotechnology, Government of India; Sunita Sanghi, Director General, National Skill Development Agency under the Ministry of Skill Development; Shyam Sunder Bang, Chairman National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) – Quality Council of India (QCI); Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of India Medical Devices Manufacturers (AiMed); and Anil Jauhri, CEO-NABCB.
IBSC is a pioneer initiative of Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) in collaboration with the NABCB – Quality Council of India (QCI) and Association of Indian Medical Devices Industry (AiMeD) to establish an institutional mechanism for certification and skill development of 200,000 biomedical engineers and technicians in the country across hospitals, manufacturing units, sales and marketing, installation and servicing units, and R&D laboratories. The assessment can be conducted across the country through pan India assessment centres. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Renu Swarup applauded the initiative of AMTZ and conveyed all support for this very encouraging development. Sunita Sanghi felt that such initiative would bolster the growth of professionals in the country and is a right move for encouraging the high-end professionals’ skills and enhancement of safety of medical products.
Speaking of behalf of the industry, Rajiv Nath of AiMeD expressed his huge appreciation of the dynamic way AMTZ has taken the matter forward ever since its launch and applauded AAMI for coming forward in forging the partnership. Dr Brad was excited about the potential of associating the healthcare professionals of India, whose skill levels were considered very high and this association would go a long way in taking the Indian professionals to world healthcare map. Recollecting his experience during the visit to AMTZ, he applauded the humongous and fast work of building of AMTZ as world’s first medical equipment manufacturing eco-system. – Medical Buyer Bureau