VG Somani has been appointed as new Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). DCGI heads the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) which is responsible to ensure quality drugs supply across the country. In addition, CDSCO also has authority to give approval to new drugs and regulating clinical trials.
Somani, currently Joint Drugs Controller of India, was in the race for the top post at the Indian drug regulatory body with S Eswara Reddy.
“The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr VG Somani, Joint Drugs Controller (India), CDSCO, to the post of DCGI, in Level 14 of the Pay Matrix as per the 7th CPC, on deputation basis, for a period of three years with effect from the date of his assumption of charge of the post,” the government’s statement was quoted as saying by Money Control.
Reddy was appointed DCGI in February 2018 for the three months, replacing Dr GN Singh. Since then, he has been getting quarterly extension till a full time DCGI takes the charge.