Medical Stores Organisation is a century old organisation. Originally, it was created primarily to meet the need of Medical Stores of the troops and Military based Hospitals and to hold reserves in the event of hostilities with other countries. In 1942, the Army authorities established their own depot and the existing depot came under civil administration of the Central Government. The Medical Stores Organisation of the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare consists of seven Medical Store Depots located at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Karnal and New Delhi. The Depots at Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata have Quality Control Laboratories attached to them for quality assurance before acceptance.