India makes cough syrup testing mandatory for exports

The Indian government has made it compulsory for cough syrup makers to get samples tested before exporting their products.

Starting 1 June, these companies will have to get a certificate of analysis from a government-approved laboratory.

The rule change comes after some Indian-made cough syrups were linked to deaths in The Gambia and Uzbekistan.

The controversies had cast a pall over India’s pharmaceutical industry, which makes a third of the world’s medicines.

The announcement was made by the Director General of Foreign Trade, which said in a notification that cough syrups would be permitted to be exported “subject to the export sample being tested”.

It also mentioned a list of central and state government laboratories across the country where samples could be tested.

Last week, Reuters had reported that India was considering a policy change after domestic cough syrups were linked to child deaths abroad.

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