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Drugs are necessary to save life or to restore or preserve health. It is, therefore, imperative to ensure that the consumers receive drugs of quality and at reasonable price. The Drugs Rules were framed in 1945 to give effect to the provisions of the Act. Regulation of import of drugs is the responsibility of the Central Government whereas licensing of manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs in the country is the responsibility of the State Governments but their enforcement is governed both by central as well state governments.

    The objective of the Drugs Control Department is to enforce the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules made there under, the Drugs and Magic remedies(Objectionable advertisement)) Act and Rules made there under, and the Drugs Prices Control order.

Drugs control department of every State is an independent department and enforces the provisions of the following statues, enacted by Government of India throughout the State:- A. Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940 and Rules 1945. a. Licensing Work b. Inspection Work c. Sample Work d. Investigation and Prosecutions B. Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954, C. Drugs ( Price Control ) Order 1995 made under the Essential Commodities Act 1955

As per Section 3(aaa) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945,Cosmetic means any article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed on, or introduced into, or otherwise applied to, the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and includes any article intended for use as a component of cosmetic.

Yes, imports of cosmetic products are regulated in India under the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetic Act 1940 & Rules 1945 vide Gazette notification G.S.R 426(E).

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