India – India Advances Plan to Create Mobile Drug Testing Laboratories

ndia’s Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) has backed plans to create mobile laboratories to test drugs around the country. The plans call for one mobile laboratory with the required manpower and infrastructure to be stationed in each of India’s 723 districts.

Gujarat, an Indian state, began operating a mobile testing laboratory several years ago, and the idea caught the attention of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) back in 2015. The scheme has advanced slowly since then, though. DCC created a subcommittee focused on the topic in 2017 but only heard its findings at a meeting earlier this year.

At the event, the convener of the subcommittee called for a “mobile drugs testing laboratory to be sanctioned one to each district in the country with required manpower and infrastructure and one each to CDSCO zonal and sub-zonal offices for spot testing of drug samples,” according to minutes from the meeting. India has 723 districts and CDSCO has 13 zonal and sub-zonal offices.

DCC agreed to the recommendations of the sub-committee and forwarded them to the government for consideration. The only change proposed by DCC is the elimination of one job role from the list of seven put forward by the the sub-committee. DCC accepted proposals to create mobile facilities and a central portal “for the generation of digitally signed analytical reports” without making changes…