New Delhi, 08 February 2022: Government has notified the Drugs and Cosmetics (Second Amendment) Rules, 2020 to support the National Blood Policy. These Rules pertain to functioning of Blood Banks, Blood processing and related matters. The copy of the Rules is available at web link:

The Government is also taking up the matter regarding processing charges of blood and blood components with the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) for bringing the same under Drugs Prices Control Order (DPCO).

During a meeting with the State Blood Transfusion Councils (SBTCs) of all States and Union Territories (UTs) held on 03rd January, 2022, it has been recommended to take up a review of the National Blood Policy. Further, the NBTC/BTS Division is under transition from National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) to Directorate General of Health Services (Dte.GHS).

The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar stated this in a written reply in the RajyaSabha today.