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Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) is a national regulatory authority (NRA) for drugs and cosmetics in India. The headquarters of CDSCO is located in FDA Bhawan, New Delhi, CDSCO also has 6 zonal offices, 7 sub-zonal offices, 13 port/airport offices and 7 laboratories.

Mission and Vision Statement of CDSCO

Vision: To Protect Public health in India

Mission: To safeguard and enhance public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and quality of drugs, cosmetics and medical devices.

Who administrates CDSCO?

Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) is administrated by the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. In the fiscal year 2021-22, Rupees 3358 crores was allocated to CDSCO by the GOI

Who is the Drugs Controller General of India?

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) is the head of the department of CDSCO, DCGI is responsible for the activities of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation. Dr V.G Somani is the current Drugs Control General of India.

Responsibility of CDSCO

Under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, CDSCO is responsible for the following

  • Approving New Drugs,
  • Conducting Clinical Trials, fixing the standards for Drugs,
  • Controlling the quality of imported Drugs
  • Coordination of the activities of State Drug Control Organizations by providing expert advice with a view of bring about uniformity in the enforcement of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
  • Further CDSCO along with state regulators, is jointly responsible for grant of licenses for certain specialized categories of critical Drugs such as blood and blood products, I. V. Fluids, vaccines and Sera

Recent News about CDSCO

CDSCO approves Allergan Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant for Diabetic Macular Edema

CDSCO gave a go-ahead to conduct a study on anticancer medicine Durvalumab.

Frequently asked questions about CDSCO

What is the full form of CDSCO?

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

CDSCO comes under which ministry?

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India.

Where is the headquarters of CDSCO located?

New Delhi

What is the difference between DCGI and CDSCO?

DCGI is a Drugs Controller General of India, they are also the department head of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Dr VG Somani is the Drugs controller general of India, and also the HOD of CDSCO since July 2019.