Govt to amend Rule 43A of D&C Rules: Import of drugs

Rule 43A states that no drug shall be imported into India except through one of the following places, namely Ferozepore Cantonment and Amritsar railway stations

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Last Updated on December 1, 2020 by The Health Master

The Union health ministry will soon amend Rule 43A of the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Rules, 1945 to allow import of drugs into the country through Inland Container Depot Tihi, Indore in Madhya Pradesh based on Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) recommendation.

DTAB in its 85th meeting (virtual) held on July 29, 2020 deliberated the matter and recommended for amendment of Rule 43A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 based on representation from the chief manager, Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR), a public sector unit (PSU) under Ministry of Railways to include Inland Container Depot (ICD), Tihi, Indore in the approved list of ICD for import of drugs or pharmaceuticals under Rule 43A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

CONCOR has shifted its ICD operations to ICD at Tihi, Indore. ICD, Tihi is the largest ICD catering to Industries of Indore, Pithampur, Dewas, Ratlam and Ujjain regions, including all pharma industries in these regions.

Therefore, considering the volume of business handled at ICD, Tihi and its strategic location with respect to surrounding industrial zones, Inland Container Depot (ICD), Tihi, Indore should be included in the approved list of ICD for import of drugs or pharmaceuticals under Rule 43-A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.


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DTAB deliberated the matter and recommended for amendment of Rule 43A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 allowing import of drugs into the country through Inland Container Depot Tihi, Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier on January 10, 2019, the Union health ministry had issued gazette notification adding Kamrajar Port and Mundra Port in Rule 43A.

Rule 43A states that no drug shall be imported into India except through one of the following places, namely Ferozepore Cantonment and Amritsar railway stations in respect of drugs imported by rail across the frontier with Pakistan.

Ranaghat, Bongaon and Mohiassan railways stations in respect of drugs imported by rail across the frontier with Bangladesh.

Petrapole Road in West Bengal, Sutarkandi in Assam, Old Raghna Bazar and Agartala in Tripura in respect of drugs imported by road from Bangladesh. Raxaul in respect of drugs imported by road and railway lines connecting Raxaul in India and Birganj in Nepal

Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Kandla and Inland Container Depots at Tuglakabad and Patparganj in Delhi and Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and Marmugao port in Goa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in respect of drugs imported by sea into India.

Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa, Bengaluru and Visakhapatnam in respect of drugs imported by air into India.


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