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India Agencies & Interagency Bodies

Last updated: January 25, 2016

Within the Central Government, specific ministries oversee particular products and their safety evaluation Regulatory agencies within each ministry determine the safety requirements and testing protocols for products in their jurisdiction. The table below summarizes the divisions most relevant to toxicity testing.

Product

Regulating Act

Regulatory Authority

Regulatory Ministry

Drugs & Pharmaceuticals

Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, Schedule Y & Rules, 1945

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Cosmetics

Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, Schedule S & Rules, 1945

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Vaccines
Biologicals & Biosimilars

Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 & Rules, 1945

DBT Guidelines

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

Dept. of Biotechnology Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Ministry of Science and Technology

Ministry of Environment & Forests

Food & Food Products

Food Safety & Standard Act, 2006

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Genetically Modified Crops

Revised Guidelines for Research in Transgenic Plants 1998, Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants, Protocols for Food and Feed Safety Assessment of GE crops

Dept. of Biotechnology through

Ministry of Science and Technology

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Environment & Forests

Pesticide & Agricultural Chemicals

Central Insecticides Act, 1968 & Rules, 1972

Central Insecticides Boards and Registration Committee

Ministry of Agriculture

Medical Devices

Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Household chemicals, detergents, other surface-active agents

Chemical Council Division Committee
Draft Soaps & Detergent (Quality Control), 2015

Bureau of Indian Standards
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Other relevant Indian agencies:

Central Insecticides Board (CIB)
Advises the government on regulations pertaining to the manufacture and use of insecticides, and helps the Ministry of Agriculture implement the Insecticides Act.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, but operates as an autonomous organization to promote indigenous scientific research, technology, and entrepreneurship. Among other things, this organization funds research into non-animal testing technologies and models.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
The “apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research,” funded through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Department of Science and Technology
Promotes basic scientific research and technological developments, establishes guidelines and policies, works to popularize science education.

Department of Chemicals and Fertilizers
The Department is entrusted with the responsibility of policy, planning, development and regulation of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Industries,” including the manufacture of insecticides, organic and inorganic chemicals, petrochemicals, dyes, synthetics, etc.

Bureau of Indian Standards
Formulates quality standards, establishes testing protocols and provides testing services, and provides training and consultations.