planning of medicinal plants related initiatives and to plan and provide financial support to
      programmes relating to conservation, cultivation and also all round development of medicinal
      plants sector.
      AYUSH Services
            The National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a turning point as it inter-alia envisages better
      access to AYUSH services through increase in number of AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries,
      ensure availability of AYUSH drugs and trained manpower. It also aims at Improvement in
      quality of AYUSH Education through enhancement in the number of upgraded educational
      Institutions, sustained availability of quality raw materials and improved availability of quality
      Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs through increase in number of
      pharmacies, setting up of drug laboratories in the states which are responsible for enforcement
      mechanism of ASU &H drugs.
      AYUSH Pharmacopoeial Laboratories
      (i) Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM)
            Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM) is a subordinate office of Ministry
      of AYUSH located at Ghaziabad. The laboratory was established in 1970 as a Pharmacopoeial
      Standards Setting - cum Drugs testing laboratory at national level for Ayurvedic, Siddha and
      Unani (ASU) Medicine. It acts as an appellate laboratory for testing of Ayurvedic, Siddha and
      Unani (ASU) drugs under Drugs & Cosmetic Act, 1940. The Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for
      Indian Medicine was established with the objective to develop and validate Pharmacopoeial
      standardization of single drug and compound formulations for incorporation in Ayurvedic,
      Siddha and Unani Pharmacopoeias and analysis of legal drugs samples received from Drugs
      Control Authorities and Courts.
      (ii) Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeial Laboratory (HPL)
            Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory, Ghaziabad was set up as a national laboratory
      for the purpose of laying down standards and testing for identity, purity and quality of
      homoeopathic medicines. The laboratory also functions as central drug laboratory for the testing
      of homoeopathic medicines. Standards worked out by the laboratory are published in the
      Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI). The Department of Science and Technology has
      recognized HPL as Science and Technology Institution.
      (iii) Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicines & Homoeopathy (PCIM & H)
            Development of quality standards on Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic
      Medicine and their periodic update to the needs of the consumers is the priority of the Ministry
      of AYUSH. The popularity and demand of ASU&H medicines is increasing rapidly. The
      Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicines & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) is an
      autonomous organization registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. The main mandate
      of the commission is publication and revision of the Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and
      Homoeopathy Pharmacopoeia of India at suitable intervals; Publication and revision of the
      Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Formularies as well as Homoeopathic Pharmaceutical Codex;
      nurture and promote awareness of quality in ASU&H drugs/ formulations and drug research on
      ASU&H products; exchange information and interact with expert committees of the World
      Health Organization and other international bodies with a view to harmonize and develop the
      ASU&H Pharmacopoeial standards to make those internationally acceptable; maintain National