To strengthen the drug regulatory system in India, the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) is planning to launch 20 mobile drug testing labs and recruit 200 new drug inspectors. The upgradation of of existing testing laboratories are also in process. Around 350 drug inspectors has been appointed and it is estimated to increase in 200 more in few months. Talks are going on to speed up the testing by the Drugs Control General of India (DCGI) with USP and German regulators.
As a pilot study, one mobile testing van was introduced and after the success report, the DCGI is expected to launch more mobile testing vans for remote areas. Dr. G N Singh, DCGI said, “Each mobile testing van has the spending about 8 crores and it would contain all equipment to collect, test the quality and give reports instantaneously. For a faster testing of drug samples our scientists have developed unique software. Also there is a plan to launch an international alert system to help and reduce the gaps” he added.
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