It has been planned to setup a new laboratory to check the standards of western medicine produced locally.
The Laboratory for Quality Control and Standards is expected to be launched before the end of this year. The aim of setting up this Laboratory is to certify the quality and standard of drugs to the consumer and to minimize problems confronted by local producers of western medicine. The proposed laboratory will be attached to the Colombo University. Local manufacturers meet about 15 percent of the local demand for medicine. It is expected that the launch of the new laboratory will increase the locally produced medicine and save foreign exchange spent on importing medicine.