Drug licensing in online mode

In this digital age, time and ease of services are the main focus areas. The administration has innovated ways to make things simpler and more effective. Each department is working overtime to make offices paperless to reduce face-to-face interactions. In this internet era, nobody has time and money to submit and follow up applications physically. From ITRs to airport check-ins to bank statements everything is online. One such effort is from the Online National Drug Licensing System (ONOLS) which has provisions for online registration submissions related to sales licensing, fresh manufacturing licensing for drugs and cosmetics and various other related product endorsements. The J&K Drugs & Food Control Organization (DFCO) immediately directed the UT manufacturers and dealers to comply in this regard by the end of April this year. The application process for online registration of drugs and cosmetics manufacturers in India involves filling out a web-based application form. This is followed by the submission of the required documents and fees. The application form is available on the CDSCO website. The documents required for online registration include proof of address, proof of identity, and proof of ownership/lease agreement of the manufacturing unit. In addition, they include a list of products the manufacturer intends to produce. CDSCO fees are also payable online. Online registration processing is generally around 30 days, although it may take longer sometimes. The CDSCO may also request additional information or documentation during the registration process, which may further delay the process. Drug and cosmetic manufacturers in India must register online for five years, after which they must be renewed. The renewal process is also done online, requiring updated information and documentation submission. Online registration portals provide several benefits, including convenience, time-saving, transparency, increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, accessibility and the administration has rightly extended the services to Jammu and Kashmir manufacturers and dealers. There is no local interference now, and transparency is the hallmark.