is an independent, non-profit, voluntary organisation addressing health- related consumer issues and advocating for the rights of the consumers and the general public. acash was founded by a group of doctors, lawyers and other concerned individuals in1986.

acash serves as an information center to educate, guide and disseminate information in the field of health and safety issues.

acash is a member of Consumers International, Globalink, International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), Health Action International (HAI), Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI).

acash has representation on various government committees like the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) (Ecomark technical sub committee), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Subcommittee on soaps and detergents and Maharashtra Breastfeeding Promotion Initiative(MBPI).

acash has been appointed by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Women and Child Development) as per gazette notification GSR 540(E) to monitor and report violations of the "Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production,Supply and Distribution) Act,1992".