DCGI chief VG Somani gets three months extension

The government has extended the term of Dr VG Somani, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) by three more months.

The extension period will come to effect from November 11.

“..the competent authority has concurred approval for Dr VG Somani to continue to hold the charge of the post of Drugs Controller (India) under FR49(v) for a further period of three months w.e.f. from 16-11-2022 or until further order, whichever is earlier,” said Dr Kiran Kumar Karlapu, deputy secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, in his official order.

This is the second extension that Somani got. His term was set to end on August 14, 2022.

In 2019, the government appointed Dr Somani as DCGI for a period of three years to head India’s apex drug regulatory agency Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

As the head of CDSCO, the DCGI plays a critical role in ensuring quality of medicines, approves new drugs and vaccines and regulates clinical trials.

(With inputs from health)