In the traditional mode of regulation practiced worldwide, the government itself is the regulator, lays own standards to be complied with and checks compliance to such standards through its own inspection machinery and laboratory network. There are a number of such regulations in India including Food and Drug regulatory regimes. There is a growing trend worldwide to shift from the above traditional approach to the utilization of professional, third party bodies for various purposes for administering regulations. This has especially become relevant and a need for establishing equivalence of standards as well as conformity assessment mechanisms has grown. Accordingly a concept of accreditation has developed worldwide under which competence of conformity assessment bodies, namely Inspection Bodies (IBs) Certification bodies (CBs) and laboratories is evaluated to common international standards for facilities acceptance of their inspection reports, certifications and/or test reports worldwide. Quality Council of India (QCI) was asked for this endeavor and it was selected as Accreditation Body. The following tasks were assigned as per MoU signed.
QCI is assigned for preparing Scheme document as well as Promotion of the Scheme.
QCI has done Gap Study of Six State Drug Testing Lab viz Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Joginder Nagar (H.P) and West Bengal.