Nicaragua becomes first Spanish-speaking nation to recognise Indian pharma standards

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2024

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Nicaragua has become the first nation in the Spanish-speaking world to recognise Indian Pharmacopeia, as India and Nicaragua signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Pharmacopoeia on cooperation in the field of the regulation of medicines. India’s Ambassador to Nicaragua Sumit Seth and Nicaragua’s Minister of Health Martha Reyes signed the MoU between the two nations.

Countries either have their own Pharmacopoeia or recognise the Pharmacopoeia of another country for referring to the standards of drugs manufactured or consumed in that country, according to the Indian Embassy in Nicaragua.

Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) is an autonomous institution under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, created to set standards for drugs in the country. IP is the official book of standards for drugs defining the specified limits and testing methods for crude drugs and finished formulations. IP has a legal status within the Second Schedule of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940.  All the drugs imported, manufactured and distributed in India must conform to the standards codified in the IP.  The IP has been recognised as a book of standard by five nations – Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal, Mauritius and Suriname.

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