With the creation of a separate portfolio for Ayush by the Narendra Modi government outside the Union ministry of health, a move is on to have a separate drug controller at the Centre for the sector and exclusive funding for the new ministry.
Inaugurating a Conference on “Mainstreaming Ayush: Cultural Heritage for Healing” under the aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Union minister for Ayush, Shirpad Yesso Naik disclosed that the government is going to have an independent drug controller for the Ayush that will be separated from the drug controller of modern medicine.
“The drug controller for Ayush would be provided with sufficient teeth to regulate the Ayush as per new policy prescription, who would also be provided with a mandate to issue the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products (CoPP) for exports of Ayush products”, said Naik while adding that manufacturers of Ayush would not be required to run from pillar to post to obtain it from the current arrangement.
“Recruitment rules are being finalized for the new drug controller and cabinet note being finalized for new regulations of Ayush products under the new Ayush health policy which would be unveiled very shortly”, Naik said. [Source]