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Gujarat FDCA soon to move from e-governance to m-governance to enhance ease-of-doing-business

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Friday, March 17, 2023, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) is all set to graduate from its e-governance model to m-governance model as it is likely to launch a mobile application for all the stakeholders including the manufacturers and retailers towards ease of doing business.

As per the m-governance, all applications will be on mobile which will also include mobile testing to bring in effectiveness of governance/vigilance at grass root level, effective utilization of capacity and instruments and real-time connectivity for monitoring and governance.

“The programme which will be launched in a month’s time is currently undergoing safety audit and will benefit over 5,000 licensees which includes allopathic, ayurvedic and cosmetics manufacturers,” informed Dr HG Koshia, Gujarat FDCA Commissioner.

Today, Gujarat has 3,533 allopathic manufacturing units, 835 ayurvedic manufacturing units, 826 cosmetics manufacturing units and 9 homoeopathy manufacturing units. Besides this, Gujarat today boasts of over 1,081 WHO-GMP units and 140 US FDA approved drug manufacturing units in the country.

Since its development in 2011, the Gujarat FDCA online platform drug manufacturing license application (DMLA) software has enabled regulators to deliver efficient paperless services on time for granting product licenses for APIs and formulations under the allopathic segment and an online Extended Licensing Node (XLN) system set up in the state in 2007 for online grant of retail/wholesale sales licenses.

The m-governance will merge all the online platforms at one place for faster, real time access towards getting status of the application in a seamless manner.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on December 1, 2022 had launched the cosmetic manufacturing license portal to make the licensing process transparent, accountable and less time consuming as part of Gujarat government’s good governance initiative.

As of today, there are about 826 firms manufacturing cosmetic products in the state of Gujarat. In addition, these manufacturing firms are given various types of certificates like GMP and free sale certificates among others. Until recently, all operations were done offline for which the applicant had to come in person to apply in the office, follow up the application and get the license. To do all the above operations online, the officials of Gujarat FDCA and National Informatics Centre (NIC), Government of India (GoI) have created a web portal cosmla.gujarat.gov.in.


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