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Clarification by RBI on Foreign Direct Investment in Pharmaceutical Sector

RBI/2014-15/441
A.P.(DIR Series) Circular No.70

February 02, 2015

To

All Category-I Authorised Dealer Banks

Madam / Sir,

Foreign Direct Investment in Pharmaceuticals sector Clarification

Attention of Authorised Dealers Category I (AD Category – I) banks is invited to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.124 dated April 21, 2014 and the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000, notified vide Notification No.FEMA 20/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000, as amended from time to time. In terms of Schedule 1 to the Notification ibid, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 per cent is permitted under automatic route for greenfield investments and FDI up to 100 per cent is permitted under Government approval route for brownfield investments (i.e. investments in existing companies) in pharmaceuticals sector.

2. The extant FDI policy for pharmaceutical sector has since been reviewed and it has now been decided with immediate effect that there would be a special carve out for medical devices which was earlier given the same treatment as pharmaceutical sector.

3. A copy of Press Note No.2 (2015 Series) dated January 6, 2015 issued in this regard by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is enclosed.

4. AD Category – I banks may bring the contents of the circular to the notice of their customers/constituents concerned.

5. Reserve Bank has since amended the subject Regulations accordingly through the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Amendment) Regulations, 2015 which have been notified vide Notification No.FEMA.334/2015-RB dated January 9, 2015, vide G.S.R. No. 30(E) dated January 14, 2015.

6. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under Sections 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.

Yours faithfully,

(J K Pandey)
General Manager Officer-in-Charge

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