BENGALURU: The High Court on Friday dismissed a petition challenging the withdrawal of power given to the State Drug Controller to certify the drugs to be exported. Justice Anand Byrareddy dismissed the petition filed by the Karnataka Drugs and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association. The Association had contended that the guidelines of the World Health Organisation had declared State Drugs Controllers as the sole competent authority for Certification of Pharmaceutical Products.
The counsel for the Association argued that the withdrawal of the power has caused severe hardship and is causing delay in process of certification, resulting in financial loss to the drugs manufacturers.
The power was withdrawn by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation from 2009.
The contentions of the Union Government is that the World Health Organisation had authorised only the Drugs Controller General of India as the competent authority for certification of pharmaceutical products and State Drugs Controllers were authorised to issue certificate based on the report of Central Drugs Inspector.
The Union Government also denied that there was delay in certification of drugs.