In a step further to digitise its services and usher in transparency in collection and analysis of drug samples, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) will soon start online submission of drug samples by drug inspectors for lab testing. The sample analysis report will be put online by the respective CDSCO laboratory.
CDSCO has 7 laboratories including Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) Kolkata, Central Drugs Testing laboratory(CDTL) Mumbai, Central Drugs Testing Laboratory (CDTL) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Central Drugs Testing Laboratory (CDTL) Hyderabad, Regional Drugs Testing Laboratory (RDTL) Guwahati, Regional Drugs Testing Laboratory (RDTL) Chandigarh, Central Drug Laboratory, CRI Kasauli.
Online submission of drug samples will be done via Sugam portal, developed by Center for Advanced Computing (CDAC). With an aim to check drug quality, currently CDSCO drug inspectors send drug samples for lab testing along with forms filled by them containing details of drug batch number, manufacturer, manufacturing and expiry date, molecules and formulations etc. They will now be allowed to submit online forms containing details of drug samples collected by them, said a senior CDSCO official.
It will lead to reduction in time required in submitting the hard copy to the respective lab by drug inspectors and fast track the drug testing process. The initiative is a part of slew of measures initiated by CDSCO to make its services online, he said.
In a bid to sensitize drug inspectors about online submission of drug sample forms, CDAC team has started conducting workshop for them for the same. So far drug inspectors involved in drug sample collection in some zones of CDSCO including Mumbai zone have been trained in online submission of forms by the CDAC team.
Once the CDAC team completes training of drug inspectors at all CDSCO zones, the organisation will start online submission of drug sample forms by drug inspectors.
CDSCO has started online application system, Sugam for licensing the import of medical device, drugs, drugs for personal use, drugs for test & analysis and import of cosmetics. With this, users can track the status of application online through an application reference number generated by the system at the time of submitting the application.