Health ministry invites suggestions for renaming drug regula
The Union Health Ministry has invited suggestions for renaming the country's drug regulator CDSCO in line with its expanded roles.

In a public notice issued Thursday, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) said its name was given keeping its role when it was created, but the present nomenclature was not reflecting its roles and responsibilities.

The notice said the role of CDSCO has expanded to several areas, including regulation of new drugs, vaccines and clinical trials, all imports pertaining to drugs, medical devices and cosmetics, Central Licensing Approval Authority for blood banks and vaccines, setting of standards under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, among others.

It said Dr. R A Mashelkar in his report recommended the creation of National Drug Authority (NDA) or Central Drug Authority (CDA).

All the stakeholders are requested to send their suggestions/comments on the new name and the design of the new logo to within 2 weeks.

Read the notification released by CDSCO in the PDF attached below.

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