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Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H), is a subordinate office under Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.Development of Pharmacopoeias and Formularies as well as acting as Central Drug Testing cum Appellate Laboratory for Indian systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy are the key fields of activity of PCIM&H.
The Commission was initially established as Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine (PCIM) on 18th August, 2010 as an autonomous body under Ministry of AYUSH and was registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 on 31st August, 2010. However, in pursuance to the decision of Central Government (dated 20th March, 2014), Homoeopathy was incorporated and the Commission was renamed as Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H). Amendments in three-tier governing structure of the Commission also came in effect with this restructuring for which the renewed Memorandum of Association was signed on 19th May, 2014. The new name and revised Memorandum of Association of the Commission were re-registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 on 25th June, 2014.
Initially Government of India had set up Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee (APC), Siddha Pharmacopoeia Committee (SPC), Unani Pharmacopoeia Committee (UPC) and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee (HPC) in the years 1962, 1975, 1964 and 1962 respectively. These Pharmacopoeia Committees were working independently to publish respective Formularies and Pharmacopoeias. The four Pharmacopoeia Committees having their secretariats at respective Research Councils under Ministry of AYUSH were brought under the auspices of PCIM&H with establishment of the later.
Two central laboratories namely Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM) and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeial Laboratory (HPL) both were established as subordinate offices under then Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 1970 and 1975 respectively. Both PLIM and HPL were designated as supporting structures of PCIM&H in due course.
Consequent upon decision of Central Government (dated 3rd June, 2020), the erstwhile autonomous PCIM&H has been re-established as a subordinate office under Ministry of AYUSH by merging into it, the two central laboratories namely PLIM and HPL (notified vide gazette dated 6th July, 2020).
Objectives of PCIM&H
1. Quality standards
1.1. To develop Pharmacopoeias for drugs/formulations of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
1.2. To develop Formularies of ‘Indian Medicine’
1.3. To revise/update/amend the published Pharmacopoeias and Formularies as may be deemed necessary
1.4. To publish compendia supplementary to Pharmacopoeias/Formularies of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’ and other related scientific/regulatory information pertaining to functional area of PCIM&H
2. Apex Laboratory
2.1. To act as Central Drug Testing cum Appellate Laboratory for ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
2.2. To impart Capacity Building Training to Drug Regulatory Authorities and personnel engaged in Quality Control pertaining to ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
2.3. To nurture and promote awareness on Quality assurance of drugs/formulations of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’ and drug research
3. Repositories of authentic reference materials
3.1. To maintain an authentic Reference Raw Materials (RRM) Repository of raw materials used in ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
3.2. To maintain an authentic Reference Chemical Markers (RCM) Repository of chemical moieties with established therapeutic significance for drugs/formulations of ‘Indian Medicine’ and ‘Homoeopathy’
To exercise any activity so as to propagate/promote/improvise implementation/ enforcement of provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules thereunder as well as other laws/schemes/programmes of ‘Government’, relevant to functional area of PCIM&H