From 1st April 2010, Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicines sconspicuously display the date of expiry on the label of container or package and after the said date of expiry, these medicines shall not be in circulation. This is as per notification dated 15th October, 2009 of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
These rules are called the Drug and Cosmetic (Sixth Amendment) Rules, 2009. The new rules are surely in the interest of the consumer because at the time of purchase he knows the expiry date of medicine.
As per new rule, shelf life and expiry date of some common Ayurveda/Unani medicines are as follows:
1. Expiry of one year - Eye drops, arq, murabba
2. Expiry of two years - Churna, tooth powder and tooth paste, nasal and ear drops
3. Expiry of three years - Avleha (CHYAUANPRASH), syrup, ointment/gels/lotions/creams, surma
4. Expiry of five years - Metalic bhasmas