CDSCO Registration for Class C & Class D Respiratory Medical Devices: Your Essential Guide

CDSCO Registration for Class C & Class D Respiratory Medical Devices: Your Essential Guide

Written by Anmol Singh

3 September 2023


The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is at the forefront of ensuring that medical devices in India meet the highest standards of safety and efficacy. Respiratory devices, given their critical role in patient care, are of particular importance. This guide offers a deep dive into the CDSCO registration nuances for Class C & Class D respiratory devices and the associated timelines.

Understanding Medical Device Classification

Medical devices are classified based on the potential risks associated with their use. Within the respiratory sector, Class C & Class D devices are of moderate-high to high risk. These devices are pivotal in treating respiratory conditions, and ensuring patients receive optimal care.

Examples of respiratory devices in these categories include:

  • Class C: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, Nebulizers, Oxygen concentrators.
  • Class D: Mechanical ventilators, Portable ventilators, High-frequency oscillatory ventilators.

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The New CDSCO Guidelines: What’s Changed?

With the evolving medical landscape, CDSCO has updated its guidelines to ensure respiratory devices are of the highest standard. For Class C & Class D respiratory devices, the emphasis is on rigorous testing, quality checks, and ensuring they are fit for their intended medical use.

The Deadline: Key Dates to Remember

CDSCO has transitioned Class C and Class D respiratory devices from a mandatory registration system to a licensing structure as detailed in GSR 102(E) dated 11.02.2020. This change will be in effect from October 1, 2023.

Manufacturers and importers are advised to align with the Medical Devices Rules (MDR) 2017, submitting their applications through CDSCO’s online portal, complete with the required documents and fees. For a more in-depth understanding, the official CDSCO circular serves as a comprehensive resource.

The Registration Process Simplified

Navigating the CDSCO registration process for respiratory devices involves:

  • Documentation: Gathering all necessary documents, including clinical trial data and product specifications.
  • Application Submission: Filing the application online.
  • Query Resolution: Addressing any queries raised by CDSCO in a timely manner.
  • Inspection: Preparing for the CDSCO inspection phase.
  • License Approval: Upon meeting all criteria, CDSCO will grant the license.

Common Challenges & How to Overcome Them

Manufacturers and importers might face challenges such as:

  • Documentation Gaps: Ensuring all documents are up-to-date and meet CDSCO’s requirements.
  • Delays in Query Resolution: Setting up a dedicated team to address CDSCO queries promptly.
  • Inspection Hurdles: Regular internal reviews of facilities to ensure they meet CDSCO guidelines.

The Importance of Compliance

Compliance is a testament to a manufacturer’s dedication to patient safety and product quality. Staying compliant ensures trust in the brand and avoids potential legal repercussions.

How Pharmadocx Consultants Can Assist in Navigating CDSCO Registration

Pharmadocx Consultants offers a suite of services tailored for respiratory device manufacturers:

  • Expert Guidance: Assistance throughout the registration process.
  • Mock Audits: Conducting pre-inspection audits to ensure readiness.
  • Query Resolution: Promptly addressing CDSCO queries.
  • End-to-End Support: Comprehensive support from the initial application to license approval.


The CDSCO registration for Class C & Class D respiratory devices ensures that healthcare professionals are equipped with the best tools for patient care. With the upcoming deadline, it’s crucial for manufacturers and importers to act swiftly. With expert partners like Pharmadocx Consultants, the registration journey is streamlined and efficient.

Need expert guidance with the CDSCO registration process for respiratory devices? Reach out to Pharmadocx Consultants today!

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