NOC exemption will boost state pharma exports: KTR

NOC exemption will boost state pharma exports

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) of the Union ministry of health and family welfare issued an order notifying that No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for export consignments to any country shall not be insisted if such shipping bills were filed by the manufacturer himself, having valid licence under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules. The order also says that steps have been taken to ease the drug regulatory practices in the country relating to export of drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. This will help Telangana, which is the largest exporter of pharmaceutical products. 

Commenting on this development, state industries minister KT Rama Rao said that Telangana had been at the forefront of pharmaceutical and vaccine production in the country. This order was welcome and it would significantly boost the export of pharmaceutical products and medical devices from the state.  “I am happy that our efforts to advocate issues of pharma industry are yielding very positive results. We have consolidated a list of about 12 other major recommendations that were made during the deliberations at BioAsia and would like to reassure the industry fraternity that we will continue to take up these matters with the Centre to create an enabling environment. I must thank the DCGI and the ministry of health and family welfare for their swift action,” Rama Rao said. 

It may be pertinent to note that the Centre had earlier issued an order on setting up of a public relations office at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation in New Delhi that would serve as a ‘single window’ for providing information to innovators regarding regulatory requirements for commercialization of their products. In order to ensure an enabling environment for industrial growth, the state government would champion the cause of the industry with the central government during Bio-Asia-2018, said Rama Rao. Accordingly, the state industries and commerce department was pursuing various issues with Centre, he said. 

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