The World Health Organization has endorsed India's drug regulator authority, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), and said that it meets the prescribed international standards.
The endorsement gives a major boost for vaccine production in the country with India boasting of 12 major vaccine manufacturing facilities and accounting for almost 50 percent of measles vaccinations in the world.
AdvertisementIndia is the first country to pass all of the seven indicators set by the WHO and the endorsement also allows the vaccine manufacturing units to retain their pre-qualification status for supplying the vaccines to international bodies including the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank.
"A WHO-led team concluded after a comprehensive review by experts from eight countries, that the National Regulatory Authority of India, and affiliated institutions, met WHO published indicators for a functional vaccine regulatory system", an official statement said.
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