Gujarat FDCA launches online licensing system for cosmetics

The system will offer transparency, accountability, ease in data retrieval, and a faster approval process with less manpower required.

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Last Updated on December 26, 2022 by The Health Master

The Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) has launched an online licensing system for cosmetics for the first time in India.

Developed jointly by the team of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Gujarat FDCA, the system can be accessed through the URL –cosmla.gujarat.gov.in.

The new online system is in line with the New Cosmetics Rules, 2020 which became effective on December 15, 2020.

The system will offer transparency, accountability, ease in data retrieval, and a faster approval process with less manpower required.

This online application system will ensure that there is no need for physical contact backed with a paperless procedure and online payment system.

Dr. HG Koshia, Commissioner, Gujarat FDCA informed:

  • “Besides the advantages of the system, the system will enhance stakeholder satisfaction with the Government.”
  • “We are doing a trial run of the online system starting from December 1, 2022, for a period of one month to gauge the experience of the 850 manufacturers across the state.”
  • “We will seek their suggestions based on the trial run to improve the system and remove the discrepancies based on the requirement.”

The unique features of the system include online:

  • Fresh license application,
  • Additional product permission,
  • Retention application,

License amendment:

  • Change in the constitution,
  • Change in premises
  • Change in name,
  • Technical person approval,
  • Issuance of certificates,
  • Legacy data.

As per the New Cosmetics Rules, 2020, no prior inspection is required.

A document verification license is granted within 45 days of an application being received based on an undertaking.

On receipt of the license copy, applicants may manufacture cosmetics after uploading a copy on the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) website.

Within a period of 30 days, the State Licensing Authority (SLA) will inspect the site for verification of information as per GMP compliance.

If authorities fail to inspect the site within a 30 days period, the license is deemed to be valid.

The new rules also stipulate joint inspections with CDSCO once every three years and risk-based inspections.

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