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Govt to set up national academy of drugs for training regulators
The government is setting up a National Academy for Drug Regulators, which will be one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world, having state-of-the-art facilities for training and research.
Giving details of the proposed institute at the CII's 8th Medical Technology Conference held in Delhi, Joint Secretary (Regulations) in health ministry, KL Sharma said that the Academy would be operational by 2016.

It will be geared to train regulators both at the Center and states, besides extending such facilities for regulators from neighbouring and CIS countries. The Academy would become fully functional by say 2018 and would have excellent facilities for training and research.

Sharma exhorted industry to take advantage of the Academy by suggesting modules to be included in the course. There would be courses of various durations at the Academy, which, he hoped, would create enough manpower for handling the challenging issues faced by the drug industry in general and medical device sector in particular.

Responding to a query from the floor for having standards and common practices in the industry to evince the interest of the investors, Sharma opined that the proposed Academy would take care of many of the perceived challenges of the industry.

Referring to the large scale e-governance program being launched by the government, K.L. Sharma, as per the CII release, said that the government has outsourced the work of creating e-governance structure to C-DAC and some work is being carried out by NIC. In two-year's time, it would be possible to send replies to stakeholders about their queries through SMS and e-mails.

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