India & Suriname sign MoU in field of medical product regulation

Aug 17: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 4th June 2023 between the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the Republic of India and Ministry of Health, Government of the Republic of Suriname on cooperation in the field of Medical Product Regulation. This was signed during the visit of the President of India to Suriname.

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to facilitate a constructive dialogue on the laws and regulations pertinent to medical products as well as other relevant matters.

The MoU seeks to establish a framework for fruitful cooperation and exchange of information between the Centra! Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and Ministry of Health, Government of the Republic of Suriname in matters relating to Medical products regulation in line with their international responsibilities. The main areas of cooperation between the two Regulatory Authorities include the following:

  1. Promoting   an   understanding   between   the   Parties   of   each   other’s regulatory framework, requirements and processes and facilitating future regulatory strengthening initiatives for both Parties,
  2. Exchange of information and cooperation on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GPvP).
  3. Recognition of Indian Pharmacopoeia
  4. Exchange of safety information, including Pharmacovigilance, and adverse events where there is a particular safety concern related to the other Party. This includes safety concerns relating to medicines and medical devices.
  5. Participation in scientific and practical conferences, symposiums, seminars and forums organized by the Parties.   
  6. Capacity building in mutually agreed areas,
  7. Coordination at the international fora,
  8. Are any other areas of common interest?

The MoU will facilitate the export of medical products leading to foreign exchange earnings. This would be a step towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Convergence in the regulatory practices could help in increasing the export of medicines from India and consequentially could help in better employment opportunities for educated professionals in the pharma sector.

The signed MoU between the regulatory authorities of the two countries will facilitate better understanding of medical products regulation with regard to pharmaceuticals including raw materials for pharmaceutical use, biological products, medical devices and cosmetic products.

The MoU will promote the exchange of information and cooperation in areas pertinent to medical products and relevant administrative and regulatory matters within the jurisdiction of the parties.

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