| |AUGUST 20238The Uttar Pradesh government has issued the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry Policy, 2023, which includes provisions for a single window clearance under the direct supervision of the Chief Minister's office, time-bound clearances, pre-consultation of project plans by the regulator, and a dedicated technical advisory body for guidance and support, in addition to incentives for pharma parks, manufacturing units, and support for startups and marketing activities.The State will have a single window clearance system, which will be directly supervised by the Chief Minister's office, as part of its efforts to promote ease of doing business.The regulations will ensure timely delivery of services, clearances, permissions, and permits as part of making time bound clearances.The Food and Drug Administration (FSDA) will appoint a nodal officer to help investors in obtaining the pollution No Objection Certificate (NOC) and other certificates required to develop pharmaceutical facilities.The FSDA team will review the project dossier and building plan supplied by the investors to determine the feasibility of the project, and a Letter of Comfort will be issued to the investor following satisfactory scrutiny of the dossier.The government will also set up the Uttar Pradesh Pharmaceutical Development Cell (UPPDC) as an advisory body for technical guidance and support.The cell will be chaired by the Additional Chief Secretary or Principal Secretary of the Department of FSDA and consist of representatives from concerned departments and experts from different areas of pharmaceutical and biotechnology, while representatives from the industry associations will be invited members. The matter referred by the regulatory committees and others will be taken up by the Cell from time to time and it will also facilitate the development of a data bank and resource centres apart from other supports. PODr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, announced on Thursday that India has tripled its rate of organ donation in the last decade."Over 15,000 organ donations are now made in the country each year, up from 5,000 in 2013," Mandaviya said, adding, "There cannot be a greater service to humanity than giving life to another person."Dr. Mandaviya was scheduled to speak at the 13th Indian Organ Donation Day (IODD) ceremony later this week in New Delhi.The 13th IODD ceremony was held to honour deceased donor families for their courageous decision to donate their loved ones' organs, to raise awareness about deceased organ donation, and to honour medical professionals working in the field of organ donation and transplantation.In his address to the gathering, Dr Mandaviya noted that it is critical to identify and appreciate the contributions of all those who have participated in this attempt. "In 2013, around 5000 people came forward to donate their organs," the Union Minister said. Every year, almost 15,000 people donate their organs."The Union Minister stated that the Union Government has made a number of initiatives to increase organ donation in the country. He stated that the length of leave for organ donors has been raised from 30 to 60 days, that the age limit of 65 years has been abolished, and that the process of organ donation has been further streamlined. POUP LAUNCHES PHARMA & MEDICAL DEVICES INDUSTRY POLICY, 2023INDIA TRIPLES ORGAN DONATIONS OVER PAST DECADE SAYS UNION HEALTH MINISTER MANSUKH MANDAVIYATOP STORIES
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