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Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H)

Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine in News

  • Recently, the Government of India has established Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H), as a subordinate office under Ministry of Ayush.

 

 

Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H)

  • About: The Commission was initially established as Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine (PCIM) in 2010 and was registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 later in the same year.
  • Parent Ministry: Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) functions as a sub-ordinate office under Ministry of AYUSH.
  • Formation of PCIM&H: It is created by merging Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and the two central laboratories namely-
    • Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM), Ghaziabad and
    • Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory (HPL)
  • Key Functions:
    • The Commission is engaged in development of Pharmacopoial Standards for Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathic drugs.
    • PCIM&H is also acting as Central Drug Testing cum Appellate Laboratory for Indian systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy.

 

Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine- Key Objectives

  • Quality standards
    • To develop Pharmacopoeias for drugs/formulations of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
    • To develop Formularies of ‘Indian Medicine’
    • To revise/update/amend the published Pharmacopoeias and Formularies as may be deemed necessary
    • To publish compendia supplementary to Pharmacopoeias/Formularies of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’ and other related scientific/regulatory information pertaining to functional area of PCIM&H
  • Apex Laboratory
    • To act as Central Drug Testing cum Appellate Laboratory for ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
    • To impart Capacity Building Training to Drug Regulatory Authorities and personnel engaged in Quality Control pertaining to ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
    • To nurture and promote awareness on Quality assurance of drugs/formulations of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’ and drug research
  • Repositories of authentic reference materials
    • To maintain an authentic Reference Raw Materials (RRM) Repository of raw materials used in ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
    • To maintain an authentic Reference Chemical Markers (RCM) Repository of chemical moieties with established therapeutic significance for drugs/formulations of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
  • Miscellaneous
    • To exercise any activity so as to propagate/promote/improvise implementation/ enforcement of provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules thereunder as well as other laws/schemes/programmes of ‘Government’, relevant to functional area of PCIM&H.

 

National Ayush Mission (NAM)- Key Points

  • About: National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of AYUSH, launched in 2014.
    • National AYUSH Mission is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Union Government.
  • Implementation: National AYUSH Mission (NAM) launched during 12th Plan for implementing through States/UTs.
  • Mandate: NAM aims to promote AYUSH medical systems through-
    • Cost effective AYUSH services,
    • Strengthening of educational systems,
    • Facilitate the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani & Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs and
    • Sustainable availability of ASU & H raw materials.

National Ayush Mission (NAM) | National Ayush Mission Scheme

National Ayush Mission (NAM) | National Ayush Mission Scheme

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