September 30, 2010 in DRUGS CONTROL
As part of strengthening the drugs control organisation in the country by implementing the e-governance, a comprehensive computerisation programme by linking all States drug control units, CDSCO zonal offices with the office of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has been launched and is nearing completion.
The country-wide networking, launched by the CDSCO, will also connect the laboratories under the Central government and the State governments, apart from the State units and CDSCO offices, through the IT-enabled services with a view to making the whole drug control administration more transparent and effective. The networking is expected to be over by the end of this year, sources indicated.
Sources said the drug control organisation is being comprehensively strengthened. All vacant posts in CDSCO are being filled up on fast track basis. 216 new posts in various grades including 137 posts of drugs inspectors have been created and are being filled up. Besides, 250 personnel at various levels are being appointed on contractual basis.
“A massive regulatory capacity building exercise has been undertaken with the help of WHO, Health- Canada and US FDA. National Pharmacovigilance Programme is being restructured and strengthened. Draft Guidelines on Regulation of Medical Devices have been issued. An expert Committee under the chairpersonship of the Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) has been set up to go into all aspects of the medical device regulations,’’ an official of the health ministry said while detailing the different efforts to further bolster the entire system.
The target of the DCGI was to depute at least 200 drug inspectors by the end of this year and the efforts in this regard were right on the track with fast track clearance from the ministry. The state governments have also been asked to strengthen the infrastructure by inducting more number of inspectors and upgrading the facilities for testing samples. There are six central drug testing laboratories and another 72 labs in the States.