The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has been instrumental in addressing the issues related to the quality of medicines since its establishment in 2009.The year 2019 was memorable for IPC as it marked one glorious decade of its foundation with a forward looking approach. With an overall objective of contributing towards public health, IPC along with its team is committed to promote the quality of drugs and pharmaceuticals through standards setting in Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP), providing Indian Pharmacopoeia Reference Substances (IPRS) to the stakeholders, rational use of medicines by bringing out National Formulary of India (NFI), to ensure safety of medicines and medical devices through Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI). The National Coordination Centres for PvPI and Materiovigilance Programme of India (MvPI) are located at IPC.
The publication of IP addendum 2019 to IP 2018 and other resource materials by the IPC in continued pursuit of its mission is a testimonial. The IPC team ensures adherence to the Quality Management Systems at IP Laboratory, IPC. IP has been formally recognized by the National Department of Regulation of Medicines and Health Products of the Ministry of Public Health of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. As a part of capacity building, IPC has entered into collaboration with Research and Pharmacopoeial Institutions at National and International level. IPC having “Observer” Status at the EDQM has provided the opportunity to the IPC scientists to understand and harmonise IP standards with International standards. National Coordination Centre-PvPI functioning as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmacovigilance in Public Health Programmes and Regulatory Services is committed to strengthen the Pharmacovigilance systems.
IPC regularly conducts Skill Development Programmes in the area of Pharmacopoeial Standards and Pharmacovigilance for creating qualified and skilled human resources to cater to the future need of the country. In addition, IPC resolves the queries of stakeholders on Pharmacopoeial and other related matters on continuous basis to leverage the standard setting process. The accreditations and recognitions of labs and services of IPC from various National and International organizations make us confident that we can be one of the best institutions in the world. IPC is grateful to the scientific experts along with IPC team for their dedicated services to IPC and we look forward for their continuous support in future also. I am confident that with the active cooperation of all stakeholders, experts, scientific staff, collaborators, and public at large, we will be able to fulfil the mission, objectives and vision of IPC.
Dr Jai Prakash
Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission