Hydroquinone Included in Schedule H of DCR (Drugs and Cosmetics Rules)

[Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Notification G.S.R.186(E) dated 6th March 2019]

Whereas a draft of certain rules further to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 was published as required under sub-section (1) of section 12 and sub-section (1) of section 33 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940) vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Department of Health and Family Welfare) number G.S.R. 922(E), dated the 25th September, 2018, in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, section 3, sub-section (i), inviting objections and suggestions from persons likely to be affected thereby, before the expiry of a period of forty-five days from the date on which the copies of the Official Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public;

And whereas, copies of the Gazette were made available to the public on the 26th September, 2018;

And whereas, no objections or suggestions were received from the public on the said rules for consideration by the Central Government;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under sections 12 and 33 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940), the Central Government, after consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, namely:—

1. (1) These rules may be called the Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2019.

(2) They shall come into force on the 1st day of April, 2019.

2. In the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, in Schedule H, in the Note appended thereto, in paragraph 4, for the word ‘steroids’, the words “steroids or Hydroquinone” shall be substituted.

[F. No. X.11014/23/2018-DR]