• The Government of India has established the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) as a subordinate office under the Ministry of Ayush.
  • Government has merged the Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and the two central laboratories namely:
  • Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM) and
  • Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory (HPL).
  • PCIM&H is an autonomous body under the aegis of Ministry of Ayush, established since 2010.
  • Pharmacopoeia is an officially recognized book of standards as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 thereunder.
  • As per the Second Schedule of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, it is designated as the official book of standards for drugs imported and/or manufactured for sale, stock or exhibition for sale or distribution in India.
  • It specifies the standards of drugs manufactured and marketed in India in terms of their identity, purity and strength.


  • The Commission is engaged in development of Pharmacopoial Standards for Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathic drugs
  • PCIM&H is also acting as Central Drug Testing cum Appellate Laboratory for Indian systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy.


  • Optimum use of infrastructural facilities, technical manpower and financial resources of the three organizations for enhancing their standardised outcomes.
  • Focused and cohesive development of standards of AYUSH drugs and publication of pharmacopoeias and formularies.
  • The merger intends to accord legal status to the merged structure of PCIM&H and its laboratory by making the necessary amendments and enabling provisions in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board

  • ASUDTAB is a statutory body under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
  • It advises the central and state governments in regulatory matters of Accelerated Shelf Life Testing (ASLT) drugs.
  • ASLT is an indirect method of measuring and estimating the stability of a product by storing the product under controlled conditions that increase the rate of degradation occurring in the product under normal storage conditions.

AYUSH OushadhiGunvattaEvamUttpadanSamvardhanYojana (AOGUSY):

  • The Ministry of Ayush has implemented the Central Sector Scheme of AOGUSY.
  • To enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities and exports of traditional medicinesand health promotion products under the initiative of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • To facilitate adequate infrastructural & technological upgradation and institutional activities in public and private sector for standardization, quality manufacturing and analytical testing of Ayush drugs & materials.
  • To strengthen regulatory frameworks at Central and State level for effective quality control, safety monitoring and surveillance of misleading advertisements of Ayush drugs.
  • To encourage building up synergies, collaborations and convergent approaches for promoting standards and quality of Ayush drugs & materials.


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