The Drugs Control and Research Division enjoys the unique status as being a Federal Drug Laboratory under Section 14 of the Drugs Act, 1976, thereby functioning as the sole appellate laboratory for testing drugs/medicines in Pakistan. The Drugs Control and Research Division traces its roots to 1968, when it was originally set up as Drug Research Institute. Now, the division was renamed as Drugs Control and Traditional Medicines Division. In 1979 the President of Pakistan declared this division as the “Center of Excellence” in view of its great contribution in the drug quality control set up in the country.
It is engaged in testing of drugs including the Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs as well as research on indigenous system of medicines. The Division is playing an important role in the drugs delivery system in the country.