The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has introduced the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013 in Rajya Sabha that advocates the establishment of an overarching authority for regulation of drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013 is comprehensive legislation covering various aspects of drugs and cosmetics, including regulation of clinical trials and medical equipment.

The new bill seeks to establish the Indian Central Drugs Authority (CDA), a 19-member body that will regulate the drugs and cosmetics sector in India and be led by the secretary of health and family welfare. The bill has been referred to the parliamentary standing committee for review and the committee has invited input from stakeholders.

Please share any input using the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health. email: