About Us

The Drugs Control Administration, Tamil Nadu is functioning as a separate Department with effect from 26/11/1981 with the Director of Drugs Control as Head of Department, now functionally under one umbrella organisation TNFS & DA Dept,under the administration control of "Commissioner of Food Safety & Drug Administration Department."

The administration has been revamped and streamlined to function effectively. There are 14 Zonal Offices (5 in the City and 9 in the Moffasil) each headed by an Assistant Director of Drugs Control who is the Licensing Authority for the Grant / Renewal of Sale Licences in the zone. There are three posts of Deputy Director of Drugs Control and one post of Joint Director of Drugs Control. There are 15 Senior Drugs Inspectors and 146 Drugs Inspectors in the State. 15 Senior Drugs Inspectors and 136 Drugs Inspectors in various Zones and 3 Senior Drug Inspectors & 6 Drug Inspectors are in the Office of the Director of Drugs Control, Chennai - 6.

The Intelligence Wing with a Mobile Van is under the charge of a Deputy Director of Drugs Control. There is a Legal Adviser to handle legal issues and 3 Drugs Inspectors & part of the Intelligence Wing.

The Drugs Control Administration has the prime objective of ensuring the availability of quality drugs and cosmetics without any short supply to the consumers by enforcing the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945, Drugs Prices Control Order 2013 and Drugs & Magic Remedies Act 1954.


The Qualification of Drugs Inspectors are as per Rule 49 of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945.

Duties and Responsibilities

Rule 51 and 52 of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945 prescribes the duties for Drugs Inspector in respect of Sale and Manufacturing respectively.

The Drugs Testing Laboratory at Chennai - 6 was brought under the control of Drugs Control Administration with effect from 01/04/1982. The function of the lab is to test statutory samples of drugs drawn by the Drugs Inspectors under Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

The Mobile Squad at Madurai headed by the Assistant Director of Drugs Control is functioning to take action on the complaints relating to spurious drugs.

Tamil Nadu is enforcing the following Legislative measures for Regulating the manufacture and sale of drugs and Cosmetics.

1. The Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945:

The Act regulates the import manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs and cosmetics. Under this Act the quality of drugs and cosmetics is being monitored and appropriate actions against the offenders are being taken.

2. The Drugs Price Control Order 2013:

Under this Order it is ensured that drugs are sold at the prescribed prices and the offenders are being monitored shortages and non-availability of drugs are brought to the notice of the manufactures concerned to effect immediate supplies of the drugs to avoid shortage.

3. Drugs And Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954:

Under this Act the interests of public are protected by initiating action against those indulging in publishing false and misleading advertisements of drugs besides prohibiting such advertisements.

4. Narcotic Drugs And Psychotropic Substances Act 1985:

Action is taken against persons dealing in Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic substances in contravention of this Act. This act is being implemented strictly to prevent the misuse of drugs causing health hazards and also to prevent youth from becoming addicts.

Nodal Officers for giving complaints

  Deputy Director of Drugs Control (Intelligence Wing)

No.359, Annasalai, Teynampet, Chennai-6. Phone No-24335068, Fax-24321830

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