Mohali,16.08.18-National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar organized a two-week Intensive Training Program on Recent Trends and Challenges in Regulation and Standardization of Herbal Drugs and Formulations from 06th August to 16th August, 2018. This program was sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC). Total 16 participants from 11 countries (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago and Uzbekistan) with background of Drug Regulatory, Pharmacist and Quality Control, attended this course. NIPER-SAS Nagar is conducting such training courses sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs since 2 decades. About 10 resource persons from the pharmaceutical industry, academia and regulatory agencies delivered lectures and participate in the deliberations. About 6 sessions were held on hands on experience training on different analytical instruments. Visit to Regional Drug Testing laboratory, Punjab Biotechnology Incubator (PBTI) and 01 Industry visits to Ayurvet Ltd., at Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) were also a part of this ITEC program.

Prof. Kulbhushan Tikoo, Associate Dean, NIPER welcomed the participants, guests and students to the valedictory function of the ITEC program.

Prof Sanjay Jachak, Course Coordinator, presented the report of the program and provided the glimpses of the lectures and visits during the program. While giving the report of the ITEC course he informed that total 10 speakers from Regulatory agencies and Academia delivered lectures. He also informed the gathering about the 3 more incoming ITEC courses during 2018. He further introduced the Guest of Honour, Sh. Sibash Kabiraj (IPS), Regional Passport Officer (RPO), Chandigarh, representative of the Ministry of External Affairs to the gathering.

Sh Sibash Kabiraj, RPO stressed upon the quality management program of drugs and pharmaceuticals espcially the herbals to tap the underutilized potential of the traditional medicine system. He further assured for the constant support from MEA for conducting such courses in future. He also appreciated the role taken by NIPER in promoting training program to ITEC nations.

Ms. Linh Shamil Mahmood, participant from Iraq, expressed that the program was a success and despite some difficult conditions back home she was eager to attend the course. Further she assured that whatever she has learnt during the training will be disseminated in Iraq to her fellow colleagues and will be used for the betterment of the country’s traditional medicine system.

Few participants gave their feedback about the ITEC course conducted by NIPER.

Tashi Phuntsho from Bhutan thanked all the organizers at NIPER and Ministry of External Affairs for giving all the participants the opportunity to attend this course and expand their knowledge about the herbals.

Dr Mohamed Ali Abdelkadir Ali Elmahdy from Egypt said that India as his second home country and expressed his gratitude to the MEA and NIPER. He specially thanked Prof. Sanjay Jachak, Course Coordinator and NIPER for giving him the exposure to the use of latest instrumentation techniques in regulation and standardization of herbals these days.

Prof Raghuram Rao Akkinepally, Director NIPER, appealed the participants to come forward in more and more numbers to attend such courses in order to explore and popularize the herbal remedies being used since ages in their respective countries. Taking the example of China, he mentioned about the Nobel Prize won by one of the scientists for her work on anti malarial drug lead for which was taken from Traditional Chinese Medicines. He further stressed that standardization of the age old traditional medicines is the need of the hour. Prof Rao then introduced the Chief Guest, Dr Naresh Sharma, Deputy Drug Controller (India).

Chief Guest, Dr Naresh Sharma, Deputy Drugs Controller (INDIA), Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family welfare and President, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Delhi branch stressed upon the regulations related to pharmaceuticals and herbals. He further pointed out for the promotion & standardization of herbal drugs. He has given facts and figures of Pharmacovigilance related to drugs in India. He mentioned about the need of stringent requirement of Pharmacovigilance and regulation related to the traditional medicines. He also requested MEA representative to provide constant financial support to NIPER for promoting ITEC programmes.