Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945 * Friends, I want to start a series on the important Act of India with respect to medicines. The objective of this series is to help my young students to understand the intricacies in this Act. Well, way back in the period before independence there was no regulation on the manufacture or sale of medicines and the scene was totally chaotic. Pharmacy was practiced by whoever wished to do so and there was almost no manufacture of medicines in the country and the domestic companies were merely formulating the medicines after importing the bulk drugs. To bring some semblance of control in the field of manufacture and sale the Drugs and Cosmetics Act was brought out in the year 1940. Its objectives were to regulate and control the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs and cosmetics in the country. Another objective was to punish the antisocial elements indulging in manufacture or sale of adulterated drugs, spurious drugs or substandard drugs. The contents of the Act are as follows: * Chapter I- definitions * Chapter II- DTAB, CDL, DCC * Chapter III- import of drugs * Chapter IV- Manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs and cosmetics * Chapter IV-A -- Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani drugs * Chapter V -- Miscellaneous * Two Schedules are there. * First Schedule- List of all the books in the Ayurvedic and Siddha systems * Second Schedule- standards to be complied with by drugs This is a short introduction to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. Reference: Law relating to Drugs and Cosmetics by Vijay Malik, Twentieth Edition, Eastern Book Company, Lucknow. This blog does not contain any plagiarized material.