The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) in an effort to build capacity for the drug testing facilities in the country organized one-week Advanced Training Programme on High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Dissolution Test Apparatus used for drugs & pharma analysis for government drugs analysts working in central, state and regional drug testing laboratories.
The training being held at the at the IPC headquarters at Ghaziabad was scheduled from April 29 till May 3. It attracted 44 participants from 15 different state of Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Delhi, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Agenda of the training programme contains multiple presentations from the experts all over the country and hands on training on HPLC and Dissolution test apparatus has also been included in the schedule for better understanding the mechanism of analysis.
The key objective to update the Indian Pharmacopoeia was to set standards of drugs in the country by publishing new editions from time to time. National Formulary of India, a Reference Book for rational use of generic medicines and other related tasks such as preparation, certification and distribution of Reference Substances was also a part of the activities of the Commission. Further, it also functions as the National Coordination Centre (NCC) for Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) for ensuring safety of patients/drugs in the Country.
One of the important mandates of IPC is to provide quality training to government drug analysts, bench chemists, scientific officers and enforcement personnel. from time to time. Further, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has, of late, allowed this Commission to undertake an exercise for capacity building for drug testing facilities in the country.