Pharma EOUs Get Exemption From Import Licence

New Delhi, Sept 18: | Updated: Sep 19 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Drug Controller General has exempted the hundred per cent export-oriented units (EOUs) from the conditions of registration and import licence on the lines applicable to the special economic zones (SEZs).

A notification to this effect has been issued by the director- general of health services (DGHS), says the Council for export-oriented units & special economic zones .

The notification, however, adds that if the units make available supplies in the domestic market, the above conditions will apply.

Welcoming the move, council chairman R Veermani in a statement here on Thursday said difficulties faced by members arising from the mandatory registration under Drugs and Cosmetics Act for drug imports were brought to his notice.

The council took up the matter with the Drug Controller General and the commerce ministry. Thereafter, the directorate-general of foreign trade had issued a circular on June 30 which provided exemption to export-oriented units and special economic zone units from the condition of mandatory registration.

Subsequently, the health department had issued a notification on July 8 providing exemption to special economic zones units.

Another notification was issued by it on September 11 to extend the exemption to export-oriented units as well.