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J&K and Ladakh gear up for training programme for regulatory officers on D&C and Medical Devices Acts

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Monday, April 17, 2023, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The drug control administrations in Jammu and Kashmir and in the Union Territory of Ladakh have roped in the newly floated national body of regulatory officers, DCO India, to hold a training programme for their drug control officers with a view to equip them for strong inspections, better investigations and strict enforcement of drug laws in the entire part of the two regions.

The association will train the regulators including senior officers and the rank and file on how to regulate pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices and other pharmaceutical alternatives like neutraceuticals and therapeutic supplements, it is learnt.
Sources from the DCO India have informed that the training programme will be held on May 13 in Srinagar. The venue of the training programme-cum-seminar is at Radisson Hotel in Srinagar. 
At 10 am on May 13, the drug controller of J&K, Lotika Khajuria will inaugurate the workshop. The drug controllers of Ladakh and Haryana, Mohammad Basheer and Dr. Manmohan Taneja, will be present in the function as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. The first IAS officer with pharmacy background, A Manikantan from Agra in UP will be the special guest.
After the inauguration, Dr. Lalit Goel, Dy-DC at the headquarters in Haryana will take class on Medical Devices Regulation in India and former deputy drug controller of Haryana Dr. Rajendra Harna will deliver on Power of inspectors and sampling procedure.
In the afternoon, the former JDC of Maharashtra, Omprakash Sadhwani will lead the session on Investigational skills and counterfeit drugs. From 4 pm, Rajendra Harna will talk on another subject, Inspections in blood banks.

DCO India president G. Koteeswara Rao, general secretary Dr. Baldev Choudhaury and EC member from J&K Zaffar Mohammad will coordinate the one-day programme.
The national president of the DCO India, G. Koteeswara Rao, said the training program intends to provide the relevant and practical insights about regulation of medicines and medical devices, and related legal provisions under the drugs and cosmetics act and the rules.
On May 14th Sunday, from morning to evening a sight-seeing program will be organized for the regulatory officers coming from other states to attend the EC meeting, said the secretary of the association. This will be the second programme of the DCO India in Jammu and Kashmir.


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