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India appointed as Vice-Chair of OECD Working Group on GLP; Dr Ekta Kapoor appointed as Vice-Chair

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India designated Vice-Chair of OECD Working Group on GLPIndia has been designated as ‘Vice-Chair’ of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Working Group of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

India has been designated as ‘Vice-Chair’ of the GLP Working Group of the OECD, to recognise the contributions of the Indian GLP Programme.

OECD also appointed Dr. Ekta Kapoor, Scientist ‘E’, National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA), Department of Science & Technology (DST) as Vice-Chair of OECD Working Group on GLP for 2021 and 2022.  

Key Points:

i.GLP is a quality system evolved by OECD to ensure safety data generated on chemicals like industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals (Human and Veterinary), agrochemicals, cosmetic products, food/feed additives, medical devices which can be relied upon by regulatory authorities

ii.Through the studies and data, the non-hazardous nature of chemical needs will be established by the regulators. 

National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA):

i.DST established NGCMA with the approval of the Union Cabinet on April 24, 2002.

ii.NGCMA grants GLP certification to test facilities (TFs) for conducting safety studies on new chemicals. The tests will be conducted according to OECD Principles of GLP and OECD Council norms. 

Recent Related News:

i.As per the report ‘OECD Interim Economic Assessment Coronavirus: Living with uncertainty’, September 2020 India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for FY20-21 is projected to contract by 10.2%(-10.2%). 

ii.In accordance with the latest study by OECD’s Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, referring to the period from July 2015 to June 2018, India was named among the top-three countries as EOI (Exchange of Information) partners along with France and Germany.

About Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
Secretary General – Angel Gurria
Headquarters – Paris, France

About Ministry of Science & Technology:
National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA) established DST, Ministry of Science & Technology 
Union Minister – Harsh Vardhan
Headquarters – New Delhi