'Drugs Policy Act' Passed In Parliament

The National Medicinal Drugs and Cosmetic Devices Regulatory Act was passed in the parliament a short while ago with a majority of 67 votes.

The Act received 68 votes in favor while one Member of Parliament voted against it.

The National Medicinal Drugs and Cosmetic Devices Regulatory Bill was tabled in the parliament by Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on March 3. It was debated on the following day.

This provides for the establishment of a regulatory authority to be known as the National Medicines Regulatory Authority. This will be responsible for the regulation and control of, registration, licensing, manufacture, importation and all other aspects pertaining to medicines, medical devices and borderline products.

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority will also be responsible for conducting of clinical trials in a manner compatible with the National Medicines Policy.

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