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Experts call for regulatory harmonization & mutual recognition among countries to get acceptance for Ayurveda globally

Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Experts have called for regulatory harmonization and mutual recognition among the countries to ensure the acceptance of Ayurveda worldwide.

“Regulatory harmonization and mutual acceptance among nations are much required to get Indian system of medicines accepted globally. Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Several countries including Mauritius, Malaysia are now recognizing Indian system of medicines. To promote the education of Indian System of Medicines and Ayurveda globally, ministry of Ayush has signed 13 MoUs for setting up Ayush Academic Chairs with foreign universities under which Ayush experts are deputed in reputed universities to undertake teaching/training/research activities. Country to Country MoUs have been signed with 23 countries for cooperation in field of traditional medicine and Homoeopathy in which, amongst others, research, education, training, etc are some of the areas of cooperation,” said Arvind Varchaswi, managing director, Sri Sri Tattva.

Government is working on framework to ensure recognition of Indian ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India globally to popularize Ayurveda, said Varchaswi.

The continued efforts of the government in promotion of Indian Ayurveda system across the world by setting up Ayush export promotion council as well as Ayush centres at Indian missions abroad will definitely be a way forward to promote Indian System of Medicines, said Uday Bhaskar, director general, Pharmexcil.

“Uniform regulation across the country is also need of the hour to promote Ayush. Currently each state drugs controller regulates Ayurveda but there is no uniformity among state expert committees for approving patented and proprietary medicines in the country,” said an Ayurveda manufacturer on condition of anonymity.

Sri Sri Tattva managing director has appreciated efforts taken by the ministry of Ayush to promote Ayurveda globally. “For Ayurveda, four Indian standards (IS) have been developed and two standards are accepted in programme of work (PoW) of ISO. Work on nearly 25 standards including Yoga accessories and Panchakarma equipment are in pipeline. These standards incorporate all essential tenets of existing standards with inclusion of certain features for international compliance and their global acceptance. Development of such IS/ISO standards is poised to augment the domestic as well as cross-border trade of Ayush products and services,” he stated.

 

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