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Schedule M: Ensuring Pharmaceutical Quality in India



  Jan 12, 2024

Schedule M: Ensuring Pharmaceutical Quality in India



Schedule M, a crucial section of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940, defines the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for pharmaceuticals in India. It sets the standards that pharmaceutical manufacturers must follow to guarantee the quality, safety, and efficacy of their products.

Key Components of Schedule M:

1. Facility Requirements:
Specifies requirements for the construction and maintenance of manufacturing facilities.

2. Personnel Guidelines:
Outlines standards for personnel qualifications, training, and hygiene.

3. Manufacturing and Control:
Details protocols for the manufacture, control, and safety testing of pharmaceutical products.

4. Storage and Transport:
Sets guidelines for the proper storage and transport of materials.

5. Written Procedures and Records:
Mandates comprehensive documentation for traceability and accountability.

6. Quality Control and Laboratories:
Emphasizes the establishment of quality check laboratories and a robust quality control system.

7. Equipment and Housekeeping:
Addresses cleaning of equipment, housekeeping, and prevention of cross-contamination.

Recent Updates:
2005 Amendment:
The section was expanded to include “Requirements of Premises, Plant, and Equipment for Pharmaceutical Products”.
July 2023 Announcement:
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare declared the implementation of Schedule M as mandatory for MSMEs in the pharma sector, to be executed in a phased manner.

Conclusion:
Schedule M is integral to ensuring that pharmaceutical products manufactured in India adhere to high standards of quality and safety. These regulations are critical for the health sector’s credibility and public trust, especially in a market as vast and diverse as India’s.

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