Introduction

Overview

The Food & Drugs Laboratory established for the testing of Drugs samples for the enforcement of Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 & Rules thereunder and also for testing of Food samples for enforcement of prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.

The laboratory established as early as 1947 during the time, Baroda was a princely state. Later in 1959, when Gujarat became a separate state, the laboratory became the testing laboratory of Gujarat State Drugs Control Administration for analysing the drugs samples. In September 1979, Public Health Laboratory, Vadodara and Bhuj engaged in testing of food samples under prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 were merged with Drugs laboratory, Vadodara and present laboratory become Food and Drugs laboratory, Vadodara. During the year 1983-84, Food Laboratory of Rajkot was established for testing of Food samples and Excise samples of Saurashtra Region.

In the second five-year plan, laboratory was under the stage of establishment and at the end of 1964-65, laboratory had analysed 765 Drugs samples with limited staff of 95 persons. This laboratory grew to its present stage under the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth five years plans.

The Food & Drugs Laboratory, Vadodara has 128 research publications in National and International Journals to its credit. It also has WHO recognition for training the third world countries. It is also a training centre for Pharmacy students, Analysts from other State Laboratories, as well as for Manufacturers of Food and Drugs products.

At present Food & Drugs Laboratory, Vadodara hasthe capacity to analyse all types of Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and Food items including raw materials(except Sera & Vaccines)with the per annum capacity of 6000 Drugs samples,5500 Food commodities along with 5500 Excise samples. Regional Food Laboratory, Rajkot has capacity to analyse 2220 food samples and 1300 Excise samples per annum, while Regional Food Laboratory, Bhuj has a capacity to analyse 3400 food samples per annum.

The Indian System of Medicine i.e.Ayurvedic Drugs are gaining the popularity among the people. This laboratory has carried out analytical work on 58 Ayurvedic formulations of which standards and specification have been established for testing and reporting.The laboratory is headed by Joint Commissioner (Testing).All divisional labs are functioned under him.

Divisional Labs :

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry ( including Excise)
  • Immuonology
  • Pharmacognosy (including Ayurved Pharmacy)
  • Pharmacology
  • Food

The laboratory has also ancillary services like Library, Workshop, Exhibition and Display, Statistical and Planning unit, Air-conditioning, Cold Storage, Animal House, Store and Administrative Section.

The Laboratory analyses statutory samples of Food, Drugs & cosmetics received from FDCA enforcement staff. These samples are picked up from sale & manufacturing units, Central Medical Stores Organization, ESIS Hospitals etc. Samples are also received from Central Government (Ministry of Health and family welfare), Customs, Railway Authorities, Other State Governments, Public and Private Bodies in Gujarat. Prescribed fees under the Drugs and cosmetics Act (Schedule B & B1)and P.F.A. Act is being charged for the analysis of Informal samples. All types of drugs samples whether Pharmacopoeial or Patent &Proprietary as well as food, Cosmetics, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic analyzed for their purity, Identity, strength quality and Impurities in the laboratory.

Keeping par with the developmentof Pharma Industry and also with the increasing consumer awareness, the laboratory has endeavored to upgrade its facilities. Today laboratory is equipped with highly sophisticated instruments / equipments like :ICP-OES, Spark Emission Spectrophotometer, HPLC, HPTLC, GC, IR, FTIR, AAS, Flame photometer,Microbiologicalor Biological, Microscopical or Phytochemical testing facilities.

The divisional labs are headed by either Senior Scientific Officers or Junior Scientific Officers. Under these officers expert technical Staff carry out analysis under the guidance and supervision of Government Analysts and Food Analysts. The laboratory has 7 Government analysts and 7 Food analysts recruited by the Government in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 20, 33F of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940(23 of 1940) and Food Safety Act for issuing Drug and Food test reports.

The FDL Vadodara has rendered services to other states like Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa , Assam, Kerala, Delhi as a statutory lab in the past and is still rendering it to Daman, Union Territory –Dadra, Nagar, Haveli and Govt of Goa.

The laboratory is participating in collaborative work for establishment of National Standards organised by Central Indian Pharmacopoeial Laboratory, Ghaziabad for amendments to be made in the Indian Pharmacopoeia are referred to in the matter. The problems for research work are generally undertaken during routine analytical work. Some of the problems undertaken are published in reputed journals.

The Laboratory officials are actively participated as members of various committees and councils like Indian Pharmacopoeia Committee & sub-committees, Drugs Advisory Boards, Bureau of Indian Standards Committees etc. The FDL is among a very few state laboratories which has the capacity to analyze food samples for Pesticideresidue, Afflatoxins, DON test and microbiological parameters. The Food and Drugs Laboratory, Vadodara is among the few Government Testing Laboratories, who got its NABL in 32 tests for Drugs + 14 tests for food in the field of Chemical and 9 tests in the field of Biological w.e.f. 6/06/08.

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