The Director General of foreign Trade made an amendment in the export policy of cough syrup. Now, it is required to test export samples from government labs before exporting cough syrup.
As per revised export policy, cough syrup shall be permitted to be exported subject to the export sample being tested and production of certificate of analysis issued by government laboratories.
Government Labs included for such testing are : Indian Pharmacopoeia commision, Ghaziabad, UP; CDTL, Kolkata; CDTL, Chennai; CDTL, Mumbai; CDTL, Hyderabad. RDTL, Chandigarh; RDTL, Guwahati and any NABL accredited state drugs testing laboratory.
The export of cough syrup under ITC (HS) codes falling under 3004 shall be permitted to the export sample being tested and production of certificate of Analysis issued by any of the labs, with effect from 1st June, 2023.
The said amendment came into picture after recent incidents occurred in Gambia and Uzbekistan.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) US researchers said that the Gambia children deaths are associated with syrup made by an Indian Pharmaceutical company.