50 more drug inspectors shortlisted by Gujarat FDCA for online training on GMP/GLP
50 more drug control officers have been shortlisted by the Gujarat Food and Drug Control Authority (FDCA) to train for Good Manufacturing Practices for medical devices and drugs undertaken in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a US based global Safety Consulting and Certification Company.
June 02, 2016: 45 drug inspectors have already been trained on 22 online courses through the initiative. The training is at par with the ones imparted to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors. Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) would also be part of the training course. UL provides about 1,200 courses across the world and has imparted such trainings to around 38,000 USFDA inspectors.
The programme is conducted through e-learning mode with exams conducted at regular intervals. The programme in Gujarat has been very helpful in detecting increased incidence of counterfeit drugs, spurious drugs and Not-of- Standard Quality (NSQ) drugs and has equipped drug inspectors to conduct inspection on the shop floor of the drug facility. Drug Inspectors, Senior Drug Inspectors, Assistant Drug Commissioners, Deputy Drug Commissioners and Drug Commissioners are eligible for this training.
Gujarat FDCA has set a good example for other state drug controllers to roll out such similar programmes in their states. The training programme would help drug inspectors to be at par with the regulatory practices being followed by the USFDA.