Rapid Microbiological Testing Lab is set up by Gujarat Government to detect Contaminants in Medicines

According to the reports, Gujarat Health Department is in the process to set up a rapid microbiological testing lab in the state. This kind of labs will help the field and lab staff on microbiological testing. It also helps in detection and enumeration of pathogenic, environmental and public health indicator organisms in drugs. This will cater to the regulatory requirements of domestic and export markets.

Rapid microbiological testing labs are required to meet challenges of technology and monitor the hazardous contaminants in drugs which will eventually impact the public health severely. The lab is in process of getting established by the Gujarat Medical Services Corporation Limited (GMSCL).

GMSCL is in process of setting a lab with the assistance from a French Company bioMerieux that has also signed a MoU with Gujarat FDCA (Food and Drug Control Administration) as a partner for knowledge sharing and training on the techniques and applications for the pharmaceutical sector.

This partnership with the French Company includes knowledge sharing and training on microbiologic testing technologies. It also includes media preparation, quality testing, environmental monitoring and sterile testing. Apart from the testing, it includes the detection and confirmation of specified microorganisms, efficacy testing and challenge test and bacterial endotoxin testing in raw material and finished product.

The MoU was signed between Dr. Hemant GKoshia, Commissioner FDCA and Nicolas Cartier, bioMerieux, corporate VP, Industry Unit, Group Portfolio and Strategic Planning in the presence of Vanrajsinh Vanzara, joint secretary, health and family welfare department, Gandhinagar and Arvind Kukrety, deputy drug controller, Zonal office, Ahmedabad.

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