The central government has appointed VG Somani as the new Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on deputation for a period of three years.
He has been serving as the Joint Drugs Controller (India) of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).
CDSCO is the national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices functioning under the Union health ministry.
“The cabinet appointments committee has approved the appointment of Dr VG Somani, joint drugs controller (India), Central Drugs Standard Control Organization to the post of Drugs Controller (India), CDSCO,” according to an official note.
Dr S Eswara Reddy currently holds the position of DCGI on an ad-hoc basis. The appointment of Somani will end a two-year wait to have a full-time DCGI. Reddy was initially appointed interim DCGI in February 2018 for three months and, since then, been continuing on quarterly extensions.