The Drugs Control Administration was extended to Telangana region after the formation of Andhra Pradesh State in the year 1956 when four Drugs Inspectors were appointed and implementation of Drugs & Cosmetics Act was extended to this area.
Subsequently, Drugs Control Administration was also entrusted with the enforcement of Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and the Head of the Department was designated as Drugs Controller and Food Health Authority. In the year 1981 the Department of Drugs Control Administration was accorded independent status with a separate Directorate headed by a Director functioning under the Ministry of Medical and Health.
The organizational set up of various functionaries in Drugs and Control Administration are broadly classified into two wings.
1. Enforcement Wing
2. Laboratory Wing.
Enforcement Wing performs the functions of enforcement of the above legislations in the State and Laboratory Wing performs the Test/Analysis of various Drugs/Cosmetics samples sent for analysis and issues the Certificate of Test/Analysis.
In 1976, FDA was carved out from the Directorate of Medical and Health, headed by an IPS Officer till 1981. Drugs Control Administration, A.P was separated from the office of the Drugs Controller & State Food Health Authority in the year 1981 and was made an independent Department headed by Director, DCA till 1996.
In Aug 1996, Govt. had posted an IPS officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police, Drugs and Copyright to head the DCA. Subsequently this post was upgraded to ADGP/DGP level as the HOD.
After the bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state, the Drugs Control Administration department of Telangana State was setup on 02.06.2014.