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Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India

Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India

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Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India
Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committe is constituted with the following objectives:To prepare Pharmacopoeia of Homoeopathic drugs whose therapeutic usefulness have been proved on the lines of the American, German and British HomoeopathicPharmacopoeial;To lay down principles and standards for the preparation of Homoeopathic drugs;To lay down test of identity, quality, purity; andSuch other matters as are incidental and necessary for the preparation of a HomoeopathicPharmacopoeia.Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee has been assigned the above work besides to prepare Homoeopathic pharmaceutical codex.The Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee (HPC) was constituted in September, l962on the recommendations of the Homoeopathic Advisory Committee and HomoeopathicSub-Committee of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board on the question of control of Homoeopathic drugs under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, l940 and Rules, l945. The sourceof Homoeopathic drugs are mostly of natural origin viz. vegetables/plants, animals,minerals, chemicals, Nosodes, Sarcodes etc. For this purpose the Committee has expertsfrom the Chemistry, Botany, Microbiology/Pharmacology besides manufacturers of Homoeopathic medicine and eminent homoeopaths as well as officials who areconcerned with the work of testing and research in drugs.The term of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee was initially for 3 years whichwas extended from time to time. The Committee was re-constituted on 26th May, l997for a period of 3 years.The Chairman of the Committee has the powers to form sub-Committee whenever required and to co-opt experts from outside.Work done so far:The Homoeopathic drugs are available in the market in mother tincture form and in potency. The priority of the HPC is to fix standards upto the level of mother tincture or equivalent i.e. of the raw materials and method of preparations. From l962 onwards theCommittee has finalised and recommended standards for Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeiaof India as under:Till date 71 meetings of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee have been held.Work in Progress:The Committee is engaged in laying down the standards of new drugs which are left sofar and also revising the earlier volumes. Besides these, the HomoeopathicPharmacopoieal Codex is to be prepared. Codex is a book on drugs having supplementaryinformation for the purpose of further research work and to keep additional informationson drug materials.How does it Help:Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (Vol. I-VI) have become official in terms of Schedule-II of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, l940 and Rules, l945. Hence Indianmanufacturers are legally bound to manufacture Homoeopathic medicines as per standards and methodology given in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. If some
of the drugs are not included in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India,manufacturers are free to undertake manufacturing as per any recognised Pharmacopoeiaof the other countries vis the German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, United StatesHomoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, British Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia and FrenchHomoeopathic Pharmacopoeia etc. Import and Export of Homoeopathic medicinesshould also be based on the standards as laid down in the Pharmacopoeia. HPI also helpsin the checking/testing of standards of Homoeopathic raw-materials and finished product.TARGETS:Approx. 1600 single drugs are to be included in HPI/Codex. Standards on 916 drugs havealready been laid down by the Committee.The present Committee will achieve the following targets within the next three years:i) Standards of raw materials l20 per year ii)The Committee shall complete publication of Homoeopathic Codex for which materialis already available.Future Plans (Long term strategy)Revision of the standard already laid down based on advancement in the scientificknowledgePreparation of Homoeopathic Codex.Formulate standards for combination preparation used in Homoeopathy and prepare a National formulary. NAME OF MEMBERS OF HOMOEOPATHIC PHARMACOPEIA COMMITTEE1.Dr. S.P. Singh, ChairmanAdviser (Homoeopathy),Department of AYUSH,Ministry of Health & WelfareOFFICIAL MEMBERS:2. Drug Controller General of Member India or his nominee 3. Director Member Central Drugs Laboratory,Kolkata.4) Director Member Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory,Ghaziabad.5) Director, Member Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy,Janakpuri, New Delhi6) Director, Member  National Institute of Homoeopathy,Kolkata.7) Principal, Member  Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College &Hospital, Defence Colony, New Delhi.8) Head, Member Department of Chemistry,Punjab University.9) Head, Member Department of Botany,Lucknow Univesity.10) Mr. Mukesh Babu, Member M/s. Willmar Schwabe India, Noida, U.P.11) Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, Member Senior Physician & Research Director,Mihrjam Inistitute of Homoeopathy, New Delhi.12) Dr. Alok Kumar, Member- Secretary

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