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Plan to have separate regulator for AYUSH: Naik

In a move aimed at putting a check on indigenous medicine streams like Ayurveda, Siddha, Homeopathy and Unani, the Ministry of Ayush has planned a separate regulator for it in the new health policy. While talking to reporters on Friday, Minister of State (I/C) for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik said that a cabinet note is being finalised for new regulations of Ayush products under the new health policy for it.

The union minister added that the government is working to have an independent drug controller for Ayush stream of medicines, separated from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), which currently looks at all medicines sold in the country.

“Recruitment rules are being finalised for the new drug controller and cabinet note being finalised for new regulations of Ayush products under the new Ayush health policy which would be unveiled very shortly,” Naik said, adding that fresh standards are also being worked out to ensure that quality Ayush products are made as per new policy prescription so that such products are well tested for their ‘authenticity, credibility and quality’.

Elaborating about the independent drug controller for Ayush, Naik said that it would be provided with ‘sufficient teeth’ to regulate the Ayush as per new policy prescription and it would also be provided with a mandate to issue the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products (COPP) for exports of Ayush products.
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