Stakeholder Comments are invited on the Draft Therapeutic Goods (Federal Inspectors, Laboratories and Federal Government Analysts) Rules, 2022

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Act, 2012 provides the legal mandate to inspect and enforce GXPs through out the supply chain of therapeutic Goods. Inspection of establishments is an essential regulatory function, to monitor the regulatory compliance to ensure that operations at these establishments are carried out in accordance with approved standards, conditions, guidelines and legislations. The scope of the Inspections applies to different Good Practices (GXPs) including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Good Distribution Practices(GDPs) and Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), etc.

DRAP Act 2012, under its Schedule-V provides the legal provisions for appointment, powers and procedures for working of Inspectors. These draft rules are intended to replace the existing Drugs (Federal Inspectors, Federal Drug Laboratory and Federal Government Analyst) Rules, 1976 and are aimed at converting Inspection activities to be based on a risk management approach, capable of revealing weaknesses and deficiencies in the production, quality control, storage or distribution of therapeutic goods, as well as to devise a uniform procedures for taking regulatory actions and handling of products with suspected quality defects or identified as substandard and falsified.

These draft Therapeutic Goods (Federal Inspectors, Laboratories and Federal Government Analysts) Rules, 2022 were uploaded on the official website of DRAP dated 24th November, 2022, seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the draft rules. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions within 14 days of uploading this draft using prescribed format, (further information on comments submission is available on this link). Comments and suggestions can be forwarded via email to aamar.latif@dra.gov.pk , copying at ajmal.shoail@dra.gov.pk , or can be posted at mailing address, Additional Director, Division of Legal Affairs, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, 1st floor, TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad.

Proposed amendments in the Rules : DRAP invites comments from stakeholders and public on the draft amendments in the Drugs (Licensing, Registering and Advertising) Rules, 1976;

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has issued a proposal to amend the current version of the Drugs (Licensing, Registering and Advertising) Rules, 1976. The proposed amendments relates to the minimum area requirement for establishment of a pharmaceutical manufacturing units and adoption of Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation / Scheme (PIC/S) Guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), in order to further align more closely with the international standards and best practices, as practiced by many other regulatory authorities around the world.

The DRAP proposes to do so primarily by incorporating the provisos to enable manufactures and regulators to follow principles set by the Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation / Scheme (PIC/S) to maintain the quality standards at an acceptable level. PIC/s guidelines provide comprehensive guidance for both industry and regulators on various aspects of Good Manufacturing Practices.

DRAP has the mandate to issue guidelines and to monitor enforcement of licensing of manufacture of therapeutic goods and to implement internationally recognized standards under Section 7(c)(i) & (ix) of the DRAP Act, 2012. Control of environmental conditions for pharmaceutical industry is essential to manufacture quality products. and implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines is critical to ensure the proper design, monitoring, and control of the manufacturing processes and facilities.

Stakeholders can submit their comments within 14 (fourteen) days of the publication of this Notification in the official Gazette of Pakistan using prescribed format, via email to aamar.latif@dra.gov.pk, or can be posted at mailing address, Deputy Director, Division of Legal Affairs, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, 1st floor, TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad. Further information on comments submission can be accessed on this link.

SRO 778 (I)/2022 dated 10th June, 2022