Govt constitutes board of Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy

The decision comes as part of the Centre’s efforts to promote Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) systems of medicine.

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Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by The Health Master

Download Notification No. GSR 202(E) dt 22-03-2021: The Union Ministry of Ayush has announced the constitution of Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (PCIM&H), with expert Prof M. C. Sharma as the chairman.

The decision comes as part of the Centre’s efforts to promote the Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) systems of medicine.

The ministry has issued a draft notification constituting the 18-member board, with government officials and experts from the field as members.

The tenure of the SAB shall be for a period of three years from the date of notification or till further orders whichever is earlier and the members shall hold the office for that period, it said.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) has following members:

  • Prof M. C. Sharma as the chairman
  • Director of PCIM&H as member secretary,
  • Advisor dealing with drugs under Ministry of Ayush,
  • Drugs Controller General, India,
  • Secretary cum Scientific Director, Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission,
  • Director Generals of Central Councils for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, in Siddha, in Unani Medicine and in Homoeopathy.
  • Central Government Analyst for Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy, Drugs,
  • Professor Dr Asmita Wele (Ayurveda Expert),
  • Dr T Anandan (Siddha Expert),
  • Professor Dr Mohammad Idlis (Unani Expert),
  • Dr Juhi Gupta (Homoeopathy Expert),
  • Dr Indira Balachandran (Pharmacology Botany Expert),
  • Dr Subrata Dey (Chemistry Expert),
  • Dr S K Srivastava (Phyto-Chemistry Expert)
  • Dr Muralidhar Ballal (Pharmacy Expert).

The Centre has earlier this year approved the PCIM&H by merging Pharma Laboratory of Indian Medicine (PLIM) and Homoeopathy Pharmacopoeia Laboratory (HPL).

In an amendment vide Notification No. GSR 202(E) dt 22-03-2021 – Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Rules, 2021, it has announced that the PCIM & H and the Central Drugs Laboratory of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy to function as a Central Drugs Laboratory for the purpose of testing or analysis of Ayush drugs.

In the amendment, the ministry said that it will constitute the SAB for the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy, to advise the Central Government, the State Governments and the stakeholders on the matters of standards, standard operating procedures and testing protocols of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs. The functions of Scientific Advisory Board may be exercised notwithstanding any vacancy therein, it said.

The Commission shall also constitute a pharmacopoeia committee and sub-committees there for a period of three years on the recommendation of SAB. The meetings of the Scientific Advisory Board, Pharmacopoeia Committee and Sub-committees shall be supported by the Commission.

PCIM&H, a subordinate office under the Ministry of Ayush, is designed for the development of Pharmacopoeias and Formularies as well as acting as a Central Drug Testing cum Appellate Laboratory for Indian systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy as its key fields of activity.

It was initially established as the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine (PCIM) on 18th August, 2010 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ayush and Homoeopathy was incorporated in March, 2014. The Commission was renamed as Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H).

Amendments in the three-tier governing structure of the Commission also came in effect with this restructuring for which the renewed Memorandum of Association was signed on 19th May, 2014.

Initially Government of India had set up Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee (APC), Siddha Pharmacopoeia Committee (SPC), Unani Pharmacopoeia Committee (UPC) and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee (HPC) in the years 1962, 1975, 1964 and 1962 respectively.

These Pharmacopoeia Committees were working independently to publish their respective Formularies and Pharmacopoeias. The four Pharmacopoeia Committees having their secretariats at respective Research Councils under Ministry of Ayush were brought under the auspices of PCIM&H later.

Two Central laboratories namely Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM) and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeial Laboratory (HPL) both were established as subordinate offices under the ministry of health and family welfare in 1970 and 1975 respectively. Both PLIM and HPL were designated as supporting structures of PCIM&H in due course.

Consequent upon a decision by the central government, on June 3, 2020, the erstwhile autonomous PCIM&H was re-established as a subordinate office under Ministry of Ayush by merging into it, the two central laboratories, namely PLIM and HPL and was notified through a gazette dated July 6, 2020.

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