AIDCOC to host 61st Indian Pharmaceutical Congress in Gujarat
Saturday, December 13, 2008 08:00 IST
The 61st Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) will be held in December 2009 at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. It will be hosted by All India Drugs Control Officers' Confederation (AIDCOC).
The Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA) officials announced that the next IPC edition, which is hosted by each of its five member-associations in rotation in consecutive years, will be organized by AIDCOC next year. S W Deshpande, director general of AIDCOC has been elected as the president for IPC 2008.
Gujarat, a fast growing pharma hub in the country, will be hosting the event after a long period since 1986. The state government has extended its full support to the organizers and the industry has welcomed the decision, according to Ravi Uday Bhaskar, general secretary, AIDCOC.
"The Gujarat government is proactive on the idea to conduct the next IPC at Gujarat. We have also received very good response from the state Food and Drug Control Administration and the pharmaceutical industry including the domestic majors," he added.
The confederation is arranging an executive committee meeting in the middle of January to make a detailed plan for the next IPC. "Right now, only the announcement on the next IPC is made. We have decided to conduct it in next December in Ahmedabad. The rest of the details will only be decided in our executive committee," said S W Deshpande.
For Gujarat pharmaceutical sector, the year 2009 will be the busiest one when compared to the recent past. The state will host the annual investment meet, Vibrant Gujarat, in January, Informex in March and now, IPC in December. The fast growing industry and the pharmaceutical sector as a whole are eager to host such events and they can leverage the outcomes of conferences and exhibitions for a better growth, said H G Koshia, joint commissioner, Gujarat FDCA.
The IPC 2008 at New Delhi with 'Pharma Vision 2020: Better Regulation for Better Healthcare' as the theme, hosted by the Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association has recorded a record of more than 6000 delegates in the first day.