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Visuals from the Pharmacopoeia Commission conference 2022 (Photo/ANI)
Visuals from the Pharmacopoeia Commission conference 2022 (Photo/ANI)

Mandaviya chairs Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission conference 2022

ANI | Updated: Jul 01, 2022 20:47 IST

New Delhi [India], July 1 (ANI): Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday chaired IPC Conference 2022 and released the 9th edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia and said that it is important to develop a "Swasthya and Samrudh Bharat".
The conference was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi and Union Minister of State Bharati Pravin Pawar also marked his presence.
The theme of this year's conference was 'Addressing Medicine Quality for Future'.
Mandaviya emphasised the need to maintain a standard quality of medical products.
"It is important to develop a Swasthya and Samrudh Bharat, to maintain standard quality of our medical products- vaccines, medicines, equipment etc. and to keep an eye on the effect of these medicines on patients," he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Mandaviya also expressed his desire of getting India's pharmacopoeia acknowledged and appreciated worldwide.
"We have become "Pharmacy of the World" by specialising in generic medicine formulation and manufacturing, and by supplying affordable medicine to the world. But we still need to strengthen research in the pharmaceuticals sector. Till today, four countries - Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal and Mauritius- have accepted IP as a book of standards. We should make a roadmap and move forward so that more countries accept our pharmacopoeia," he noted.
The Union Health Minister also highlighted the role of government at the international level.
"As a result of the vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and our work in that direction, the world has started recognising us and giving importance to our work and accepting it. We should focus on how our pharmacopoeia can take advantage of this focusing on international trade and industries based on our strength in indigenous medicines," he added.

Pointing out that India is the world's largest supplier of generic medication and accounts for 20 per cent of the worldwide supply of generics by volume, he further said that during the Covid pandemic, India delivered accessible and affordable vaccines to 150 countries.
"While delivering vaccines and other generic medicines to so many countries, we have never compromised with the quality and standards or delivered sub-standard or spurious drugs. India has earned global accolades as a result of this," he concluded.
The Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) is published by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to fulfil the requirements of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.
IP prescribes the official standards for drugs produced and/or marketed in India and thus contributes in the control and assurance of the quality of the medicines. The standards of the IP are authoritative and legally enforceable. It intends to help in the licensing of manufacturing, inspection and distribution of medicines in our country.
IP 2022 contains a total of 92 new monographs including 60 chemicals, 21 Vitamins, Minerals, Amino acids, Fatty acids etc., 3 Biotechnology-derived Therapeutic Products, 4 Human Vaccines, 2 Blood and Blood-Related Products, 2 Herbs and Herbal Related Products, and 7 Phytopharmaceutical Ingredient Category monographs.
This has led to the total number of 3152 monographs in the current edition of IP. In addition, 12 new general chapters have also been introduced. Several monographs and general chapters have also been revised to update them as per current global requirements and to harmonize with other pharmacopoeias like USP, BP, EP, etc.
The harmonization of standards with global standards is expected to help IP get recognized and accepted in foreign countries.
To mark the occasion of the release of the IP, IPC organized IPC Conference 2022 with more than 350 registered participants from top pharma industries, State and Central Drug Regulatory bodies, International Pharmacopoeia bodies (BP, USP), industry bodies like IDMA, BDMA, IPA, etc., and academia.
During the conference, presentations were made by subject experts on topics related to pharmacopoeia standards, regulatory and quality expectations, and the Indian pharma industry followed by a panel discussion. (ANI)