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Section 21 – The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940

The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940



21. Inspectors. –


1[21. Inspectors.—(1) The Central Government or a State Government may by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint such persons as it thinks fit, having the prescribed qualifications, to be Inspectors for such areas as may be assigned to them by the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be.


(2) The powers which may be exercised by an Inspector and the duties which may be performed by him, the drugs or 2[classes of drugs or cosmetics or classes of cosmetics] in relation to which and the conditions, limitations or restrictions subject to which, such powers and duties may be exercised or performed shall be such as may be prescribed.


(3) No person who has any financial interest 3[in the import, manufacture or sale of drugs or cosmetics] shall be appointed to be an Inspector under this section.


(4) Every Inspector shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860), and shall be officially subordinate to such authority 4[, having the prescribed qualifications,] as the Government appointing him may specify in this behalf.]




Judicial notice can be taken of the fact of a person being appointed as Inspector of Drugs under section 21(1) of the Act when the relevant notification published in the Official Gazette has been referred to; Ramlagun Singh v. State of Bihar, AIR 1960 Pat 243.



1. Subs. by Act 35 of 1960, sec. 4, for section 21 (w.e.f. 16-3-1961).


2. Subs. by Act 21 of 1962, sec. 17 for “class of drugs” (w.e.f. 27-7-1964).


3. Subs. by Act 21 of 1962, sec. 17, for “in the manufacture, import or sale of drugs” (w.e.f. 27-7-1964).


4. Ins. by Act 68 of 1982, sec. 18 (w.e.f. 1-2-1983).



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