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Regulatory bodies are organizations that have the responsibility to scrutinize, steer and manage different sectors in order to ensure the safety of consumers. Such bodies are formulated by the Government in sectors like the drug industry, cosmetic industry and food industry to regulate and control the quality of products that are made accessible to consumers through the market. Brief descriptions of some apex regulatory bodies that govern the Indian markets are:
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is a regulatory body that lays down stringent standards that any drug, medical devices, diagnostic kits, cosmetics, biologicals and vaccines being introduced into the country must meet before being sold in the market.
The State Food and Drug Administration has branches in every state that serve to maintain safety and quality standards of food ingredients, food products and imported drugs. This is the highest governing authority for all food and drug clearances needing entry into the country and every state.
CDSCO has 6 Zonal Offices which are headed by Dy. Drugs Controller (India). These have several responsibilities including Grant or renewal of manufacturing licenses for Vaccine, LVP, Bio-Tech/Biosimilar products, and Medical Devices, Approval of Institution for carrying out Test on Drugs, Cosmetics and Raw materials, Approval BA/BE studies and Clinical Trial site, Grant or revalidation of COPPs, Issuance of COPPs for additional products and any other inspection communicated from the Office of the DCGI.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a branch of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare dedicated to standardizing food products made available in the market through a series of stringent standards that ensure food safety. They ensure only the highest quality of foods are made available to the public.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) essays a vital role in the prevention and control of communicable diseases, research regarding toxicology, immunology, reproduction, national medical statistics, food standards and other primary health topics of national interest. It is the leading body regulating all medical research in the country.
The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) is an apex body in India that regulates and standardizes topics concerning scientific and industrial sectors of national importance. It also holds the power to grant recognition to public funded universities and is the controlling power over all the IITs and IISCs.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT)is responsible for the regulation of trade, specifically export and import. It plays a pivotal role in granting licenses and authorizing trade transactions between India and other countries. Thus all companies making an entry into India, must go clear it.
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has been set up by the government to control and regulate standardized prices for the drugs available in the Indian market. It ensures that drugs that are needed by masses, and all essential drugs are affordable and easily available throughout the country.
The Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee(CIBRC) was set up by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in order to standardize the quality of insecticides available in the country in order to prevent danger. It ensures that all tenements of the Insecticide Acts and Rules are followed meticulously.
Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN) is affiliated with India’s Department of Revenue (IRS) and regulated by the country’s Central Board of Excise and Customs. The main function of CBN is to stop opium production and trade, and to issue licenses for production of legal synthetic drugs. The Central Bureau of Narcotics headquarters are located at Gwalior.
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