Last Updated on October 7, 2021 by The Health Master
The national drug regulator will be switching the applications for registration of centres for bioavailability / bioequivalence (BA/BE) studies from the industry, from physical to digital from the middle of this month.
This is in line with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation’s (CDSCO) efforts to implement an e-governance mechanism in the organisation.
The Drugs Controller General (India) Dr V G Somani, in a notice, said that the CDSCO, in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), has developed a module for online processing of applications for registration of BA/BE study centres in accordance with New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019.
The module is finalised and has been made functional, which can be accessed through the dedicated website of CDSCO. The drug regulatory also requested all concerned stakeholders to avail the facility and welcomed any comments or suggestions to help improve the module.
“Thereafter, the BA/BE centre registration applications processing will be online and physical applications may not be accepted after October 15, 2021, in this regard,” said the notice.
The move comes as CDSCO’s efforts to implement the e-governance mechanism with various online services launched through the Sugam portal on November 14, 2015.
On September 30, the CDSCO has said that the submission of applications on Post Approval Changes in bioavailability (BA)/bioequivalence (BE) study permission and import license for export purpose is functional on online system of Sugam portal, in order to streamline the regulatory submission procedure.
“The facility of offline submission of applications in hard copy or through e-mail may not be available after October 8, 2021, for processing,” said a notice, issued to all stakeholders, State and Union Territory Licensing Authorities and others.
The Sugam e-governance portal has been designed as a single window system for all the stakeholders to access the services provided by the portal, by implementing role based access control and actions. It has consolidated the entire drug regulatory framework at centre and provides a centralised dashboard for monitoring various regulatory clearances all over the country.
The portal is well integrated with the e-Nivesh that is the National portal to provide the project proponent/entrepreneur with all requisite information under one umbrella, which will reduce delays in various regulatory processes.
SUGAM enables ease of business by providing the integrated workflow right from making an application for grant of permission/ license, online payment, online review process, query management and grant of permission/license online. Sugam portal internally builds the database of drugs & manufacturers and their current regulatory status (approved/ banned) in India, according to C-DAC, which created the portal.