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Section 10 – The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940

The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940



10. Prohibition of import of certain drugs or cosmetics. –


From such date1 as may be fixed by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette in this behalf, no person shall import—


(a) any drug 2[or cosmetic] which is not of standard quality;


3[(b) any misbranded drug 4[or misbranded or spurious cosmetic];]


5[(bb) any 6[adulterated or spurious] drug;]


(c) any drug 2[or cosmetic] for the import of which a licence is prescribed, otherwise than under, and in accordance with, such licence;


7[(d) any patent or proprietary medicine, unless there is displayed in the prescribed manner on the label or container thereof 8[the true formula or list of active ingredients contained in it together with the quantities thereof];]


(e) any drug which by means of any statement, design or device accompanying it or by any other means, purports or claims to cure or mitigate any such disease or ailment, or to have any such other effect, as may be prescribed;


9[(ee) any cosmetic containing any ingredient which may render it unsafe or harmful or use under the directions indicated or recommended;]


(f) any drug 1[or cosmetic] the import of which is prohibited by rule made under this Chapter:


Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to the import, subject to prescribed conditions, of small quantities of any drug for the purpose of examination, test or analysis or for personal use:


Provided further that the Central Government may, after consultation with the Board, by notification in the Official Gazette, permit, subject to any conditions specified in the notification, the import of any drug or class of drugs not being of standard quality.






Any import of goods, of which the importation is prohibited by law, cannot be a valid import under the Act. So, goods so imported cannot be treated to be lawfully ‘imported goods’; S. Mohammed v. Asstt. Collector, Customs, AIR 1970 Cal 134.



1.1st April, 1947, for clauses (a), (b), (c), (e) and (f) and 1st April, 1949, for clause (d), see Notification No. 18-12-46-D.I., dated 11th February, 1947, Gazette of India, 1947, Pt. I, p. 189 as amended by Notification No. F-1-2/48-D(I), dated 29th September, 1948. 1st April, 1953, for the States of Himachal Pradesh, Bilaspur, Kutch, Bhopal, Tripura, Vindhya Pradesh and Manipur vide Notification No. S.R.O. 666, dated 30th March, 1953, Gazette of India, 1953, Pt. II. Sec. 3, p. 451

2.Ins. by Act 21 of 1962, sec. 8 (w.e.f. 27-7-1964).

3.Subs. by Act 21 of 1962, sec. 8, for clause (b) (w.e.f. 27-7-1964).

4.Subs. by Act 68 of 1982, sec. 7, for “or misbranded cosmetic” (w.e.f. 1-2-1983).

5.Ins. by Act 13 of 1964, sec. 9 (w.e.f. 15-9-1964).

6.Subs. by Act 68 of 1982, sec. 7, for “adulterated” (w.e.f. 1-2-1983).

7.Subs. by Act 11 of 1955, sec. 5, for clause (d) (w.e.f. 15-4-1955).

8.Subs. by Act 68 of 1982, sec. 7, for certain words (w.e.f. 1-2-1983).

9.Ins. by Act 21 of 1962, sec. 8 (w.e.f. 27-7-1964).

10.Explanation omitted by Act 68 of 1982, sec. 7 (w.e.f. 1-2-1983).



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