The government has reportedly set up a committee to draft new laws for medicines, medical devices, and cosmetics. The committee has been formed with eight members and will be headed by VG Somani, the Drug Controller General of India. Somani will submit this draft document by November 30, News18.com reported.
The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 regulates the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs and cosmetics, according to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the country’s apex regulatory body. The act was recently amended to include medical devices. “The government has decided to constitute a committee for framing/preparation of New Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Bill so that New Drugs, Cosmetics, and Medical Devices Act can be framed,” reads the internal order quoted by the news site. “The committee shall undertake pre-legislative consultations and examine the present Act, previously framed Drugs and Cosmetics Bills and submit a draft document for a de-novo Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices bill,” said the order ‘Constitution of Committee for Framing of New Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Act’.
The eight member committee includes Rajiv Wadhawan, Director, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Eswara Reddy, Joint Drug Controller, AK Pradhan, Joint Drug Controller, IAS Officer NL Meena as well as drug controllers of Gujarat, Haryana, and Maharashtra.