India’s central drug regulator earns highest rating in WHO assessment

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"This is indeed a great achievement and we would like to congratulate the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and its affiliated institutions: Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO); Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli; Pharmacovigilance Programme and Immunization Division, and other relevant institutions engaged in the regulation, control and testing of vaccines," said Dr Alireza Khadem, WHO Team Leader for the National Regulatory Authority Re-benchmarking.

"India is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of vaccines world-wide; this development further deepens our resolve to maintain the highest quality and efficacy of the products that are manufactured within our country and in this context, we look forward to strengthening our collaboration with WHO," health secretary C K Mishra said.

The move assumes significance as the Indian drug regulator had come under severe criticism, a few years ago, after it failed to ensure compliance of good manufacturing practices, even as foreign regulators were barring companies from manufacturing products for other markets.

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