India – Food or drug? Government to take a call soon

Is a multivitamin preparation a drug or just plain old food? And what about pick-me-ups like Revital or supplements like Ferradol? Given the confusing proliferation of products, the government is looking to arrive at an answer by changing the regulatory framework.

It appears the solution will be broadly along these lines: If the ingredients of a particular product are below that determined as the daily dosage, or 1RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance), then it will be deemed ‘food’ and regulated by the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), according to people with knowledge of the matter and documents that ET has seen. Anything above that will be a ‘drug’ and regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Act. 1RDA is defined as the level of nutrients to be consumed daily to meet all the requirements of a healthy individual…