Union Government, US sign MoU for cooperation in the field of traditional medicines

Aug 25, 2016 13:48 IST

The Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) on 24 August 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in traditional medicine.

The MoU was signed by Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Director of PCIM & H and Dr KV Surendra Nath, Senior Vice President, Global Sites, USP.

Highlights of the MoU

• It aims at collaborating, identifying, and development and dissemination of science-based standards in medicines field.
• It will promote the safety, quality and integrity of traditional medicines and botanical dietary supplements.
• It will improve public health in India, US and worldwide by working together to increase awareness and understanding of traditional and herbal medicines, botanical dietary supplements and their products.
• It will help to harmonize the Pharmacopeia in terms of international conventions.

About Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (PCIM&H)
• The PCIM&H  comes under the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddhant and Homeopathy) Ministry.
• It is an autonomous organisation with a primary mandate to develop pharmacopoeial standards for drugs and formulations used under AYUSH.

On the other hand, United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a global health organisation and its public standards provide scientifically validated test methods and cover over 250 botanical ingredients and dosage forms including ashwagandha, turmeric, turmeric extract and others.

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