The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) is constituted by the Central Government to advise it and the State Governments on technical matters arising out of the administration of this Act and also to carry out the other functions assigned to it by this Act. All rules related to the import, manufacture, sale, and distribution of drugs and cosmetics under the Act are required to be framed and modified in consultation with the Board, However, if required, the Central Government may also make rules without consulting the Board but has to consult the Board within six months and consider any suggestion made by it.
The Board shall consist of the following members, namely:
- The Director-General of Health Services, who shall be Chairman.
- The Drugs Controller, India.
- The Director of the Central Drugs Laboratory, Calcutta.
- The Director of the Central Research Institute, Kasauli.
- The Director of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar.
- The President of the Medical Council of India.
- The President of the Pharmacy Council of India.
- The Director of the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.
- Two persons are to be nominated by the Central Government from among persons who are in charge of drugs control in the States.
- One person was nominated by the Central Government from the Pharmaceutical Industry.
- Two persons holding the appointment of Government analyst, nominated by the Central Government.
- One person, to be elected by the Executive Committee of the Pharmacy Council of India, from among teachers in pharmacy or pharmaceutical chemistry or pharmacognosy on the staff of an Indian university or a college affiliated thereto.
- One person, to be elected by the Executive Committee of the Medical Council of India, from among teachers in medicine or therapeutics on the staff of an Indian university or a college affiliated thereto.
- One pharmacologist is to be elected by the Governing Body of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
- One person is to be elected by the Central Council of the Indian Medical Association.
- One person is to be elected by the Council of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association.
The nominated and elected members of the Board shall hold office for three years, but shall be eligible for re-nomination and re-election. The Central Government shall appoint persons to be secretary of the board and other staff, if necessary. Provided that, the person nominated or elected, shall hold office for so long as he holds the appointment of the office by virtue of which he was nominated or elected to the Board.
The Board may constitute sub-committees and may appoint to such sub-committees for such periods, not exceeding three years. As it may decide, or temporarily for the consideration of particular matters, persons who are not members of the Board.
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