An eight-member panel for framing a new law for drugs, cosmetics and medical devices has been constituted by the government.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani is heading the panel.
Recently a health ministry order has been issued which says that, “The government has decided to constitute a committee for framing/preparation of the New Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Bill so that the New Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Act can be framed.”
The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, regulates the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs, cosmetics and medical devices. From time to time this Act is amended. In 2008 the last amendment in the Act was made.
On the terms of reference of the committee, the order said, “The committee shall undertake pre-legislative consultations and examine the present Act, previously framed Drugs and Cosmetics Bills and submit a draft documents for a de-novo Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Bill by November 30, 2021.”