No an­i­mal test­ing for reg­is­ter­ing drugs

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE DRUG Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Board re­cently ruled that com­pa­nies want­ing to reg­is­ter their drugs in In­dia af­ter clear­ing the process in other coun­tries need not re­peat tests on an­i­mals.

The move will change the pro­vi­sions un­der Sched­ule Y of the Drugs and Cos­met­ics Act, 1940, which deals with reg­is­ter­ing those drugs in In­dia that are al­ready reg­is­tered in other coun­tries. "As those drugs are reg­is­tered in other coun­tries af­ter due pro­cesses and tests, re­peat of tests on an­i­mals is not needed," said Chai­tanya Ko­duri of the Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA). PETA worked with Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Maneka Gandhi to push for the change in the law.

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