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Associate in the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice at the Delhi NCR office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. She can be reached at kritika.asawa@cyrilshroff.com

From Farm to Fork: Demystifying India’s Food Safety Standards

Introduction

The Indian food industry thrives on innovation and dynamism, hence ensuring the safety of food products remains a top priority for the Indian authorities. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) serves as the guardian of public health, that introduced the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (“FSS Act”). This legislation read with its compendium of regulations, rules, and guidelines meticulously outlines the framework for every step of the food supply chain from its origin to your table. While the FSS Act provides a foundational framework, the nuances of the regulatory framework are recorded in the regulations and guidelines, which have been established over time to encompass and regulate the expansive and ever-changing world of food products. This blog post delves into the legalities that govern the key aspects of the food industry; namely, production, distribution, import, advertising, labelling, and the safety testing standards.Continue Reading From Farm to Fork: Demystifying India’s Food Safety Standards

Innovative Medical Devices under the Lens of Clinical Investigations – A Dormant Volcano Waiting to Erupt?

Introduction

Since the advancements in healthcare services and medicinal sciences, medical devices in India have become part and parcel of the existing healthcare delivery services framework.  Medical devices, in essence, are tools, instruments and even software which inter alia enable healthcare service providers to diagnose, monitor, mitigate and treat illnesses and health conditions.Continue Reading Innovative Medical Devices under the Lens of Clinical Investigations – A Dormant Volcano Waiting to Erupt?

Analysing Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited v. Union of India & Ors. judgement

Price regulation of non-scheduled formulations has always been a contentious issue. While the Government can set prices of drug formulations that are listed on the National List of Essential Medicines (“NLEM”) – Scheduled Formulations, the Government can at best monitor prices of drug formulations that are not listed on the NLEM – Non-scheduled Formulations.

The Delhi High Court in its recent judgment in the matter of Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited v. Union of India & Ors. provided much needed clarity on paragraph 20 Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013 (“DPCO 2013”), which regulated the pricing of non-scheduled formulations and drugs, focusing on the legal implications ensuing from the breach thereof.Continue Reading Analysing Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited v. Union of India & Ors. judgement

Genetic Testing

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, people’s perception of healthcare has undergone a change. While the top 10 causes of death in India continue to be non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiac diseases, and respiratory diseases, these are easily preventable/ manageable if addressed at an early stage through vital screening and consultation at regular intervals. Furthermore, routine testing might reduce the severity of rare disorders, including auto-immune deficiencies, and also help lower cancer-induced mortality.Continue Reading Genetic Testing: A new doorway towards opportunities, challenges in preventive healthcare