Govt forms ‘Pharmacopoeia Commission’ to develop quality ayurvedic, unani, homoeopathic drugs

Aiming to develop quality standards of ayurvedic, siddha, unani and homoeopathic drugs, the Government has formed ‘Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy’ under the Ministry of Ayush.

The commission shall also publish and revise ayurvedic and other pharmacopoeias, formularies and regulatory compendia of these drugs, the Ministry of Ayush said in a statement.

“Financial assistance to the commission will be provided through Central Sector Scheme and Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM),” the Minister of State for AYUSH, ShripadYesso Naik, told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday in a written reply.

For the manufacturing of these drugs, the National Medicinal Plants Board has been tasked to coordinate and support cultivation, conservation, resource augmentation and sustainable development of medicinal plants, and to deliver quality raw materials to the Ayush drug industry.

Meanwhile, the Government has made it mandatory for the industry to comply with the Pharmacopoeias and Formularies prescribed in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 —in the manufacturing of ayurvedic, siddha, unani and homoeopathic medicines.