1940 - 1949 timeline
- Sub-Committee on National Health submits interim report to Indian National Congress.
- Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 passed. Drugs brought under government control for the first time.
- The Health Survey and Development Committee, popularly known as the Bhore Committee is appointed by the Government of India to survey current health conditions and organisation of health care services in the country and make recommendations for future development.
- Publication of the Health Survey and Development Report by a committee headed by J.C. Bhore which became the blueprint for India's public health system.
- India wins independence from British rule.
- Ministries of Health formed at Centre and State level.
- Posts of Director General, Indian Medical Health Service and of Public Health Commissioner integrated into post of Director General of Health Services, who is the principal advisor to the Union Government on both medical and public health matters.
- At state level, posts of Surgeon General, Director of Public Health and Inspector General of Hospitals integrated into post of Director of Health Services.
- India joins the World Health Organisation.
- Employees State Insurance Act, 1948 passed.
- Report of the Environmental Hygiene Committee published.
- Post of Registrar General Of India created in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- South East Asia Regional Office of WHO established in New Delhi.
- Indian Research Fund Association reconstituted into Indian Council of Medical Research.