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How to Start A Pharmaceutical Company? Procedure, documents, license, qualification for starting pharmaceutical company.

Last updated on March 4th, 2018 at 09:42 am

Starting a Pharmaceutical company is a dream project for every pharma professional. But most of them haven’t start own pharmaceutical venture due to lack of knowledge and procedure to start pharmaceutical company. Here we will try to help you to start your own pharmaceutical company. This article we cover complete detail that is necessary to start pharmaceutical company.

We can divide pharmaceutical companies in two parts:

  1. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company
  2. Pharmaceutical Marketing Company

These are two basic types of pharmaceutical companies. These can be further divided into following parts based upon their marketing, sale and work basis irrespective of marketing and/or manufacturing type.

  1. Pharmaceutical Branded/Ethical Company
  2. Pharmaceutical Generic Company
  3. Pharmaceutical Franchise Company
  4. Pharmaceutical Pcd Company
  5. Pharmaceutical Specialty company e.g. Derma, ophthalmic, cardiac etc
  6. Pharmaceutical Export Company
  7. Pharmaceutical Import Company
  8. Pharmaceutical OTC company
  9. Pharmaceutical Distribution Company
  10. And many more


A manufacturing company can be marketing company at same time if they are doing own marketing also along with manufacturing. Manufacturing company also require to fulfill marketing company licenses and requirements to market, sell and distribute products.

There are different procedures to start marketing and manufacturing pharmaceutical company. In this article we will cover licences, procedure, documents, qualifications and requirements to fulfill criteria for marketing company and manufacturing company. First we will discuss about requirements, licenses required and Licencing authority for granting licenses.

How to start Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company


  • Plant and Building (As per WHO:GMP and/or Your Country Law like in India, As per Drug and Cosmetic Act)
  • Technical Staff i.e. Approved Manufacturing Chemist and Approved Analytical Chemist
  • Machinery and Lab Equipment
  • Office Accessories
  • Machine Men and Workers
  • Electricity Supply
  • Water Supply
  • HVAC unit
  • List of medicines to be manufactured
  • Non Objection Certificate if required

Licences Required:

  • Company Registration (in case proprietorship you may skip this process)
  • Manufacturing License
  • Laboratory License
  • Wholesale Drug License
  • Goods and Service Tax Number

Licensing Authority for Manufacturing License:

Licensing Authority is a department and/or authorized person by government to grant, renew, issue and suspend license for any manufacturing unit. In case of manufacturing unit Drug Control Officer of concern state is a licensing authority for pharmaceutical manufacturing unit. Licensing Authority office is generally located at State Capital and/or Zonal basis for big states. You have to apply to licencing authority for granting of manufacturing license.

For new drugs, blood and blood products, IV fluids, vaccines and sera in India approval and licensing, Licensing authority is Drug Controller General of India.

How to apply?

Once you have completed all requirements and documents, you can visit to state drug control office for submitting your file for granting of manufacturing license. Most of state has started online application submission and/or some states still use manual file submission. You may have to visit number of times to licensing authority for it. Once you have submitted your application. Licensing Authority will intimate inspection schedule for your manufacturing unit through mail, phone and/or manually as applicable.


Inspection is conducted by joint team of State Drug Control Office and District Drug control office and/or with central drug authority. All facilities, technical staff detail, machineries and particulars are inspected according to submitted application and as per Drug and Cosmetic Act & Rules.

In case, all requirements and documents are find to be satisfactory, a license is issued by concerning drug authority for manufacturing of medicines in enclosed list with manufacturing license application.


Only Manufacturing License and Laboratory License processes are different for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company from Pharmaceutical Marketing Company. Remaining processes are same for both types of companies. Manufacturing Company also require wholesale drug license. Wholesale Drug License Procedure we have discussed in how to start pharmaceutical marketing company section below.

Remaining processes we will discuss later in article. Documents also we will discuss in end. You can skip to end to read documents required for each process. One of main critical step is trade mark registration. Trade Mark registration is important for protection of company name and brand names.

How to Start Pharmaceutical Marketing Company


  • Premises (Cemented and well furnished floor and walls, concrete roof etc)
  • Competent Person i.e. Pharmacist or Experience Person
  • Office Accessories
  • Freeze and Air conditioner if asked for
  • Electricity Supply

Licences Required:

  • Company Registration (in case proprietorship you can skin this process)
  • Wholesale Drug License
  • Goods and Service Tax Number
  • FSSAI Registration (In case of selling Food and Dietary Supplements also)

License Authority for Wholesale Drug License:

Licensing Authority is a department and/or authorized person by government to grant, renew, issue and suspend license for wholesale drug licence. In case of wholesale drug license Senior Drug Inspector and/or Drug Inspector of concern district is a licensing authority for pharmaceutical marketing company. Licensing Authority office is generally located at District Head quarter and/or combined for two or more districts in some regions. You have to apply to licencing authority for granting and issuing of wholesale drug license.

How to apply?

Once you have completed all requirements and documents, you have to visit District drug control office in your district for submitting your file for granting of wholesale drug license. Most of state has started online application submission and/or some states still use manual file submission. You may have to visit number of times to licensing authority for it. Once you have submitted your application online, you still need to submit your uploaded documents physically at licencing authority office . Licensing Authority will intimate inspection schedule for your premises inspection through mail, phone and/or manually as applicable.


Inspection is conducted by District Senior Drug Inspector and/or Drug Inspector. All facilities, competent person details and other particulars are inspected according to submitted application and as per Drug and Cosmetic Act & Rules.

In case, all requirements and documents are find to be satisfactory, a license is issued by concerning drug authority for sale, stock, exhibit and distribute of medicines for wholesale.

How to Register Company in India (Company Registration)?

There are four types of pharmaceutical companies mostly registered under Company Act.

  • One Person Company
  • Private Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Public Limited Company

Each type of company has different requirements and eligibilities. There are certain criteria fixed by Government of India for registration your company in any type. Ministry of corporate affair regulated company registration through Company Act 1956, 2013 and allied Acts. You can register your company through ministry of corporate affairs website.

Most of us will not take burden to apply for company registration by own self if we can get company registration consultants easily. Most of Chartered Accounts and Sale Tax/income Tax Advocates do this work with small consultancy fees. Search for CA and other agencies that deal in company registration nearby you and apply for company registration.

If you want to apply your own then you can visit at and follow the process to apply for company registration.

How to apply for Goods and Service Tax Identification Number:

GST is essential in India for doing any type of business/trading but below 20 lac annual turnove, there is no requirement of GSTIN registration. GST registration is compulsory to obtain within 30 days after exceeding turnover above20 lac. Unlike VAT, GST is valid in all states. It can be applied through portal provided by state government and/or center government.

Like company registration, you can outsource work of for GSTIN registration through CA and other agencies. If you want to apply for GSTIN by own then Go to There will be the two options: New User and Existing User. Click at New User, Enter your detail for apply GST, Enter you mobile number and Email Address of the authorized signatory of the business entity. This number and e-mail will be used for all future communication from the GST portal.

You will receive a OTP at mobile number and e-mail id you entered in previous step. Enter this OTP. After that follow all steps and enter information and scanned images of documents as mentioned in Provisional Registration form. After completion of this process, you have been successfully applied for GSTIN registration.

We will recommend you to let your CA do this work for you. They will charge some fees but it worth for work, they know better than you and us.

How to apply for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Registration

If you want to market food and dietary supplements along with medicines and drug then you also have to apply for FSSAI registration. This is a simple registration process which you need to apply online by visiting at FSSAI website. After applying application online, you also have to submit your documents manually at FSSAI officer’s office appointed by FSSAI department at district head quarter or at specific location. Office detail can be found at FSSAI website and/or contact number provided at their website.

This is applicable for marketing and selling of food & dietary supplements only. If you are a manufacturing food & dietary supplements then you have to apply for Food and Dietary Supplement manufacturing license at FSSAI website. This process is also online and has to submit documents at food officer’s office.

Documents and requirements are different for license and registration process. There are three type of categories under FSSAI.

  • Central License
  • State License
  • Registration

You can apply as per your need. If you are marketing, only registration could be ok but if you have large turnover you have to take state license from FSSAI. For manufacturing, you can opt for state license and/or central license as per your requirement.

Note: For granting FSSAI manufacturing license separate building and premises is necessary.

What will be Procedure and sequence to proceed for Starting Pharmaceutical Company

Important Step in starting Pharmaceutical Company

  • Taking Experience in pharmaceutical sector by doing job and/or indulge with any already established company/firm.
  • Take training if you don’t have experience in pharmaceutical sector
  • Choose Location of Business. Search for shop/building/premises for office, licenses and stock. It may be rented or owned but there should be adequate space as per government norm.
  • Research and Prepare list of all molecule and combinations, you want to manufacture and/or marketing.
  • Finalize Company Name and Brand Names of all products. Be sure these don’t resemble to any other company or brand already working in Market. Due to presence of thousand of brands and companies, it becomes difficult to choose unique name but you should try your best. Already registered or in process Trade Name and Company Name you can search at Trade name in class 5 and Company name at class 35.
  • Appointment of Technical and competent staff

Now we will discuss about documents required for licenses we have discussed above.

Documents Required:

Documents Required for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing License:

List of Documents required to obtain pharmaceutical manufacturing drug license: (May vary state to state):

  • Covering Letter including introduction of applicant with address of the Plant and Administration office
  • Prescribed forms duly filled and signed by the Proprietor / Managing Partner / Managing Director
  • Fees challan in original remitting the required amount of fee in the Head of Account or Original Treasury Challan
  • Documents related to ownership of firm (Proprietorship/Partnership/Company)
  • Affidavit of Proprietor / Partners / Directors etc (Notarized)
  • Address Proof copy duly attested
  • Attested copy of ownership proof/rent agreement/lease deed
  • Affidavit of applicants, manufacturing chemist and quality control chemist
  • List of all technical staff along with photocopy of educational qualification and experience.
  • Blue print of Plan and layout of the premises showing the installation of Machinery and Equipment.
  • Design and layout of HVAC systems if applicable
  • List of medicines intend to be manufactured in manufacturing unit
  • Water Analysis Report
  • Electricity Connection Documents
  • NOC from competent Local Authority like Gram Panchayat , Nagar Nigam or Nagar Palika if applicable
  • Detailed list of Manufacturing Machinery and Lab Equipment with copies of purchase Bills. (As per Format)
  • Permission obtained from the Municipal Authorities/ Panchayat authorities / Certificate in conformity with Factories Act for construction and starting the Unit
  • Permission from the Health Authorities / Pollution Control Board clearance of the area for setting up the manufacturing facility
  • Clearance from Drugs Controller General (India), New Delhi in case of new drugs (Either Bulk drug or Formulation)
  • Site Master File. (Refer para 29 of part I of Schedule M)

Affidavit formats, blue print format and other formats you can ask from drug control office

Documents Required for Wholesale Drug License:

Senior drug inspector and/or Drug Inspector can provide you full details of requirement for a whole sale drug license. Procedure and details for applying for D.L. number can be change according to government policies. Important documents are:

  • Application will be submitted in form no. 19 with other detailed information forms.
  • You or your partner (if any) either should be a registered pharmacistor Experienced Person (Duly registered under local authorities) or competent person. If you don’t have any of above qualification than you can appoint or hire a registered pharmacist or EP (Experienced Person) and make him authorized to handle all work on your behalf (Appointment letter will be submitted with application)
  • Premises size should have minimum of 10 square meter area (requirement of area may vary) and should have single premises.
  • Affidavits
  • Fees ( mode of fee and prescribed fee may vary)
  • Blue print or layout of Premises
  • Freeze purchase bill copy with complete address
  • Air Conditioner if applicable
  • Ownership or Rent agreement deed of premises.
  • Electricity bill of premises.
  • Affidavit of proprietor, partner, pharmacist, EP etc.
  • Firm registration receipt in case private limited firm. List of directors, address proof, article of association etc is also to submit with application form
  • Partnership deed if any
  • Any other documents as asked by local drug controller etc.


Documents for Company Registration:

  • DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)
  • DIN (Director Identification Number)
  • PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card
  • TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Number)
  • Identity Proof (Electronic ID / Aadhar Card / Passport / Driving License)
  • Passport Photo
  • Address Proof (Bank Statement / Mobile Bill / Telephone)
  • Rent Agreement (Notarised: For rented property) or Ownership proof
  • Latest Electricity Bill
  • MOA(Memorandum Of Association) or/andAOA (Article Of Association)
  • NOC if required

Documents required for applying for GSTIN:

  • Digital Signature Certificate (Class II)
  • Address Proof of Business Entity
  • Proprietor/Partners/Directors Address Proof
  • Aadhaar Card, PAN and Image etc
  • Ownership Proof or Rent agreement
  • Partnership deed or memorandum of association/certificate of incorporation
  • Back Statement and Bank Detail

Qualification for Competent/Technical Staff:

Qualification of Technical Staff for Manufacturing Company

Manufacturing Chemist:

Minimum of Bachelor in Pharmacy with one and half year of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing unit under supervision of approved manufacturing chemist


Minimum of Bachelor in Sciences with three year of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing unit under supervision of approved manufacturing chemist

Analytical Chemist:

Minimum of Bachelor of Pharmacy


Minimum of Bachelor in Science with three year of experience in Laboratory of pharmaceutical manufacturing unit under supervision of approved analytical chemist.

Qualification and Eligibility for EP or competent person for Marketing Company

Person should have one of the below qualification or eligibility to be EP or competent person:

  • Registered pharmacist under state pharmacy council or
  • Minimum of one experience at registered wholesale drug licensed firm after graduation with salary in bank account and appointment letter, resignation letter & experience letter at firm’s letter head with duly stamped and signed

If you want to know about Investment then Read our Article: How much Investment requirement required to Start these Companies?

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70 thoughts on “How to Start A Pharmaceutical Company? Procedure, documents, license, qualification for starting pharmaceutical company.

  1. You can't do this. It's a crime. You could be prosecuted in counterfeit and fake drugs act.

    You have to follow whole procedure to get manufacturing products at your company name.

  2. I'm a doctor and I wish to enter into Pharma marketing business to launch my own OTC medicine. I have gone through your website and want to meet and discuss the same more.
    I'm in delhi.
    Can I have your contact details?

  3. Please guide me to start a pharma trading company in Bihar.and what is the all registration process,how much its cost.where I can contract for manufacturing of medicine.

  4. Registration process you can check by click at Trade mark or private limited company link available at above article..
    Copy and paste following link to know estimated budget for your new marketing pharma company:

    You can search at third party manufacturers at google and can contact manufacturers after their contact detail at their websites or at business portals.
    If you are interested we can provide you third party manufacturing facility through our known manufacturers.

  5. sir I would like to start with itraconazole and elovera 10% with vitamin e acetate cream and lotion so I would like to know what will be the investment.

  6. sir actually im thinking to setup a company which makes narcotic drugs legally like morphine
    can you just tell me
    is this business going to be profitable or just selling raw opium is more profitable

  7. I am planning to start manufacturing company in blore..but need to know what are the intial steps to be covered

  8. Dear Shiva Prakash ji,

    We can't help you regarding narcotic manufacturing. We don't have any knowledge regarding this. For this you should contact, narcotic department of India.

  9. Dear Vijaya Murthy ji,

    Initial step that is to be taken by you is to complete research about how you can start pharma manufacturing business, premises where you want to set-up plant, machinery required, which section you want to set-up like tablet, capsule, lactum, beta-lactum, syrup etc.

    After finalizing all thing, you should meet to local drug controller office regarding all formalities and procedure. They will instruct you all details.

    Send your mail at for more detail..

  10. Hi,
    I have experience of medical representative and at managerial level in pharma companies. Will my experience will be considered/counted as Experience person to issue drug licence ? I am planning to launch pharma company.
    Please reply and guide.


  11. I have a retail drug license to start my own brands manufacturing I have to apply only wholesale license or a New drug wholesale, license.

  12. You have to apply for whole sale drug license for manufacturing of your own brands. You can apply new or add wholesale in your retail license

  13. Please provide information about following countries:
    How to start pharma company in United States of America (USA)
    How to start pharma company in Britain and other European Union countries

  14. Excellent post!, just what I was looking for the same information to start my business. can I open an bank account in any state whit out a Business Setup in Dubai

  15. Respected sir,
    I am B.pharma graduate and wan to start my own pharma packaging company in dehradun….What all are the requirements . Please guide from first to last step.

  16. सर मैं 12 वी पास हूं मैं खुद की फार्मा कम्पनी खोलना चाहता हूं कितना खर्चा आऐगा और मुझे क्या करना होगा और मैं आपसे मिलना चाहता हूं

  17. i want to market ayurvedic product with my brand name. please tell me what documents are required and from where i can apply?

  18. i want to do marketing of ayurvedic product with my own brand name. Please let me know what type of documents are required? For TIN and Company registration to whom i can contact?

  19. I have worked with pharma companies but was in Regulatory Affairs Department. Now I want to start my own trading company and in future my own pharma manufacturing unit.
    I target in first phase to decide my brand names of products. My question is how to select the product to launch first, I have no experience in marketing at all. And to get approval of products how to decide formula for that product because I don't have manufacturing experience.

    I will be more than happy , if you could answer my above queries.

  20. For selecting products to launch, first you have to check which molecule or combinations are in good demand at your target area. You have to do some research about molecules if you don't have prior knowledge of that area.

    For pharma products, formula of medicines are almost same for particular molecules. You can get manufactured same formula as of other companies if your manufacturing company will have approval of that formula.

    Products approval is work of manufacturer from which you will get manufactured your products. You will have not to do any work for products approval…

  21. I am —– Location Latur maharashtra.. i am a pharama graduate. Uli wanted to start pharma marketing company. I just wanted to know about the steps in an oredr . So kindly help me… what are requirements. And brand trade DL number know overall things but i want squence pls co oprate and help me i am waiting…

  22. Sequence:
    Choose Company Name
    Choose molecules and Brand Names
    Designing of Company Logo and Printing/Promotional Material
    Search Premises
    Apply for Drug License and Sale Tax Number
    Company Registration (You can do it before drug license or after drug license application)
    Search for third party manufacturer
    Place Order to manufacturer you will finalize
    Make an agreement/contract
    Complete payment and other formalities (Generally 25% Advance and 75% against performa invoice)
    Finalize Packaging Design and Drug Approvals
    Then all work will be done by Manufacturer
    When products will be ready, manufacturer will inform you and will send performa invoice (Time taken for new products is approximately 30 to 45 days)
    After remaining payment manufacturer will dispatch the product to your billing address
    Now you have products with your own brand names and your company name

  23. Sir,
    I have my team of expertise and highly skilled people who are having experience of facing USFDA(twice) and WHO-GMP(more than twice) and successfully getting the certification. How can I get contacts of Pharma companies whom we can help them with their documentation and testing part, so that they can also get certification or licenses.plz help

  24. The question which bother's me is if even i started a pharmaceutical industry but what are the chances of getting sale my product?
    Cause there are many pharmaceutical companies or industries which are manufacturing the same (generic) products which all pharma industry are manufacturing.

  25. Hi Sir,
    I am Mangesh Satpute Having a R&D experience near about 5 years and i want to start pharma business, Please guide me regarding Loan licence and third party manufacturing.
    which one is better for initial start.

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  28. Sir I want to start a pharmaceutical industry. .. I want to know about the graduation and budget for the owner to open industry

    1. you have to fulfill all above requirement to start pharma company. You can’t start pharma company on the basis of your BDS graduation…

  29. Hello,
    I am a foreigner and want start a pharmaceuticals marketing company.
    I need a Competent Person, Pharmacist or Experience Person. How can I get this person? I want do my business in Chennai.

  30. People have reported to my ad. However, nobody could show me a proof that he is a trained pharmacist. In India, you get a certificate for a diploma or bachelor? Or is it given by handshake? According to CV all Pharmacist but no one has a certificate.

    1. Every Pharmacist has a qualification certificate along with his/her university degree and diploma and registered pharmacist document. In India after your diploma or degree in pharmacy, you have to get registered under state pharmacy council. I think either you given a wrong ad or you met with wrong peoples. Try to find out better way to get original pharmacists. In India, a Pharmacist has to show three proofs for his pharmacist identification: 1. Diploma or degree qualification certificates 2. Diploma or Degree issued by Technical board or university 3. Registration Proof under State Pharmacy Council

  31. Hello,
    I want start a company with third party manufacturing production. I have a registered pharmacist from Kerala, my company is in Tamil Nadu. Is a pharmacist from Kerala Authorized to work in Tamil Nadu?

    1. For becoming authorized in Tamil Nadu, you need to migrate your pharmacist registration of Kerala to Tamil Nadu. You have to register yourself at Tamil Nadu State Pharmacy Council and have to leave pharmacist registration of Kerala State Pharmacy Council. Then you will become authorized in Tamil Nadu

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