Despite being a hub of Ayurveda and having a large concentration of Ayurveda medicine manufacturers, the absence of an Ayurveda Drug Policy has long remained a matter of concern for the state. But now a change is on the cards as the Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), has set the wheels in motion for formulating a policy of this kind as it pitches the preliminary discussion of the same at the AYUSH Conclave it is planning at Kochi in September.“At the global level itself, the state has emerged as a hub for health and wellness tourism. But there were some core issues that need to be addressed. One such issue is the absence of a policy in the Ayurveda drug sector. But the conclave will deliberate it and will come out with various suggestions that will help the policy makers to formulate the said policy,” said an officer with the Health Department.Meanwhile, it is said the major highlight of the conclave will be the international business meet for AYUSH products and services and the international wellness tourism bazar, which will be attended by representatives from around 50 countries.