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  • 08 August, 2022

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Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine

Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine

The Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) has been formed by the Indian government as a subsidiary office under the Ministry of Ayush.

The Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and the two central laboratories, Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory and Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicine, have been combined by the government (HPL).

About commission

  • Established in 2010, PCIM&H is an independent organization operating under the Ministry of Ayush's supervision.
  • By the 1940 Drugs and Cosmetics Act and it's 1945 implementing rules, Pharmacopoeia is a book of standards that is officially recognized.
  • It is recognized as the official book of standards for medications imported and/or manufactured for sale, stock, an exhibition for sale, or distribution in India under the Second Schedule of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
  • It outlines the requirements for pharmaceuticals that are produced and marketed in India regarding their identification, purity, and potency.
  • The Commission develops pharmacopoeial standards for pharmaceuticals that are Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, and homeopathic.
  • PCIM&H also serves as the Indian systems of medicine and homeopathy’s central drug testing and appeals laboratory.

Benefits of Combining PLIM and HPL:

  • Optimal use of the three organizations’ technical expertise, financial resources, and infrastructure to improve their standardized results.
  • Pharmacopoeias and formularies should be published, and standards for AYUSH medications should be developed with focus and cohesion.
  • The goal of the merger is to give legal standing to the combined organization of PCIM&H and its laboratory by amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, as well as adding any required enabling clauses.
  • The Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board, the Director General of Health Services, and the Drugs Controller General have all been consulted (ASUDTAB).

How does the government support AYUSH goods and medicines?

The 1940 Drug and Cosmetic Act:

  • The State Drug Controllers chosen by the relevant State are responsible for enforcing the legal regulations relating to Quality Control and the issue of Ayurvedic, Siddha, and Unani drug licenses.
  • It offers the legal requirements for granting permits to produce Ayurvedic, Siddha, and Unani medicines.
  • Manufacturers are required to abide by the regulations set forth for licensing of manufacturing facilities and medications, including evidence of safety and efficacy and adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Certifications of AYUSH products:

  • The Ministry of Ayush recommends the following certifications of AYUSH products, as shown below, to facilitate exports:
  • According to WHO Guidelines, herbal products must be certified as pharmaceutical products (CoPP).
  • The Quality Council of India (QCI) launched a quality certification program to grant the AYUSH Premium label to products that are Ayurvedic, Siddha, and Unani based on an independent assessment of their quality and compliance with international standards.
  • The Central Sector Scheme of the AYUSH Oushadhi Gunvatta Evam Uttpadan Samvardhan Yojana (AOGUSY) has been implemented by the Ministry of Ayush.


  • to expand India's capacity for producing traditional medicines and health-related items, as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat's strategy.
  • enabling appropriate institutional, technological, and infrastructure development in the public and commercial sectors for the standardization, high-quality production, and analytical testing of Ayush medications and materials
  • enhancing central and state regulatory structures for efficient quality control, safety monitoring, and supervision of false advertising of Ayush medications
  • fostering the development of synergies, partnerships, and convergent strategies for advancing the standards and quality of Ayush medications and materials

AYUSH System of Medicine

The abbreviation AYUSH stands for Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy, among other Indian medical systems. These systems reflect a method of healthy living with defined beliefs on illness prevention and health promotion and are founded on clear medical philosophies. All of these systems take a holistic approach to health, disease, and treatment.

Ayurvedic medicine's time-tested methods for increasing immunity were discussed in a Ministry of AYUSH advice. In these trying times, the advice is emphasized to assist everyone's efforts to strengthen immunity.

Source: PIB

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