Revival of Ayurvedic medicines and Growth in export of Ayurvedic medicines
- Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited (IMPCL), a Government of India Enterprises under Ministry of Ayush has reported sale of Ayurvedic & Unani Medicines of about Rs. 164.02 Crore during the year 2020-21.
- The Ayurvedic system of medicine is an existing ancient traditional system of medicine of India.
- Its role has significantly been boosted with the establishment of the Ministry of Ayush, which has resulted into focused growth of the sector in terms of medical education, practice, manufacturing, research and International cooperation.
- The significance and usage of Ayurvedic medicines has been further noticed during the wake of Covid-19.
- Separate data of earning from selling Ayurvedic medicines is not available.
- Under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules, it is mandatory for the manufacturer of Ayurvedic drugs to comply with the prescribed Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and quality standards of drugs given in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia.
- The State Licensing Authority (SLA) grants the license after verification of the required infrastructural facilities, equipment/machinery, and manpower of the manufacturing unit through inspection(s) conducted by the inspector.
- Steps taken to ensure safety and quality of Ayurvedic medicines under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940:
- Survey samples, legal samples and market samples are drawn regularly and sent to the Government Drug Testing Laboratory to ascertain the quality of medicine.
- Investigation of the complaints related to quality of Drugs.
- Launch of prosecution in case of violation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules thereunder.
Ministry of AYUSH
- Developed a Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of International Co-operation in AYUSH (IC Scheme).
- It provides support to Indian Ayush Manufacturers/ Ayush Service providers to give boost to: 1. Export of AYUSH products & services,
- Facilitate International promotion,
- Development and recognition of AYUSH system of medicine,
- Foster interaction of stakeholders and market development of AYUSH at international level,
- Promote academics and research through establishment of AYUSH Academic Chairs in foreign countries,
- Holding training workshops/symposiums for promoting and strengthening awareness and interest about AYUSH Systems of Medicine at international level.
Steps to promote export of Ayurvedic medicines
- The Ministry has signed 25 Country to Country MoUs for Cooperation in the field of Traditional Medicine and Homoeopathy with foreign nations.
- 32 MoUs have been signed with international institutes for undertaking Collaborative Research / Academic collaboration.
- 14 MoUs have been signed with international institutes for the setting up of Ayush Academic Chairs in foreign nations.
- The Ministry of Ayush has provided support for the establishment of 38 Ayush Information Cells in 34 foreign nations.
- The “Ayush Export Promotion Council” has been registered under section 8(4) of the Companies Act 2013 on 04th January, 2022 under the Ministry of Ayush in support of the * Ministry of Corporate Affairs to tackle the obstacles for registration of AYUSH products abroad, undertaking of market studies and research activities abroad
- The Ministry of Ayush provides scholarships to foreign nationals under the AYUSH Fellowship scheme.
- MoUs have been signed with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSH&TM), UK and Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie GmbH (FIZ), Frankfurt Germany for clinical research studies on mitigation of Covid-19 through Ayurveda.
- The Ministry of Ayush issued advisories on protecting people from COVID and staying healthy in English as well as in 08 other foreign languages.
- The Ministry of Ayush provides AYUSH Educational Training to regulators of foreign nations.
National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)
- Launched a Central Sector Scheme for Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants.
- The project-based financial assistance is also provided to Government and Non-government organizations for developing Quality Planting Material (QPM) of medicinal plants.
- It will ensure the sustainable availability of medicinal plants and raw material for Ayurvedic medicines.
- NMPB has developed “e-CHARAK” portal which is a virtual marketplace for collectors, farmers, traders of medicinal plants and ASU&H drug manufacturers.
- It facilitates trade of medicinal plants by providing a platform for sale, purchase of Medicinal plants raw material and also facilitate information exchange between various stakeholders involved in the medicinal plants sector.
- It is a multilingual platform available as Web and Mobile (IOS and Android) in 7 languages hosting agro-techniques of Medicinal and Aromatic plants, GAP, GFC, post-harvest management techniques, schemes, etc.