ISLAMABAD – The second meeting of the Policy Board of the Drug Regulatory Agency of Pakistan (DRAP) was convened in the Ministry of National Regulations & Services (NR&S) on Friday.

Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Chairman Policy Board of DRAP, presided the meeting. The Minister for National Regulations and Services Firdous Ashiq Awan in her introductory remarks gave a policy and vision statement. She said the government is committed for providing initiative and conducive environment to the pharmaceutical sector which includes investor friendly policies and a one-window / simplified export policy. The meeting was also attended by representatives from Government of Punjab, Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA, expert members / leading professionals in the field of public health, pharmacy services, pharmaceutical manufacturing & quality control and regulations.

After due deliberations, the Policy Board approved the import policy of drugs, fast track registration process, setting up of a facilitation desk for export of drugs, honoraria along-with TA/DA for the members of Boards/committees of DRAP and hiring of a legal counsel for DRAP. The members of the Board appreciated the different initiatives taken by the Minister and the Chairman, DRAP to start one window operation for granting export permission for drugs to local pharmaceutical manufacturers and to improve the standards of services by DRAP. These measures will help improvements in the pharmaceutical sector of Pakistan along-with our exports which are presently less than the neighboring countries like India and Bangladesh.

The draft policy of contract manufacturing of drugs was discussed in detail and the Board decided to finalize the same in the next meeting.

The Policy Board decided to extend the contract manufacturing of drugs up to December 31, 2012. However, the said arrangement will be brought under the new policy, once approved by the Board. 

The Board also discussed re-structuring and revamping matters of DRAP and it was decided that all efforts will be made to transform DRAP into a modern, dynamic and professional body. The board decided to hold its next meeting within two weeks to finalise all the policy issues and other operational matters of DRAP.