India approves specialized centre for derma clinical trials
In a first, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) have given approval to a chain of dermatology and plastic surgery centres— The Esthetic Clinics, for conducting clinical trials and drug development for skin, hair and other plastic surgery medications, cosmetology and cosmetic surgery devices in India.
The initiative will help in the faster launch of newer, more innovative, cosmetic, dermatology and plastic surgery products, while reducing cost involved in product testing. It will benefit Indian pharmaceutical companies by granting them access to quality research facilities, clinicians and laboratories in India, without having to go overseas, to conduct the trials.
At present, clinical trials are not mandated for every cosmetic product that enters Indian market provided it is approved in other markets. There are a few clinical trials that are conducted by clinical research organisations in India, but they do not have the clinical acumen in cosmetic, plastic or aesthetic segment. Majority of clinical trial centres work in pharmaceutical drug development, but not for cosmetic and aesthetic solutions.