The Meals and Medicine Authority (FDA), has reassured most of the people of the efficacy of face masks, hand sanitisers and different PPEs that it has authorized for public use.
CEO of the Authority, Delese Mimi Darko, cautioned suppliers to make sure strict adherence to the authorized requirements for these merchandise, including, that random inspections can be carried out by the employees of the Authority as a part of its market surveillance actions to make sure compliance.
She additionally urged most of the people to look at the Covid-19 protocols of carrying face masks, common hand washing and social distancing within the battle in opposition to the pandemic.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the FDA decreased its approval processing lead occasions and dedicated to working for longer hours ensuing within the introduction of its 48-hour registration of low danger beauty merchandise like sanitizers and different private safety tools (PPEs).
Certainly, statistics from the FDA revealed a pointy rise in approvals for beauty merchandise from 98 merchandise authorized in 2018, to 1825 merchandise authorized in 2020.
This enhance is because of the expansion within the variety of firms that started to supply sanitizers regionally thereby contributing to elevated employment alternatives.
Outlining key actions for 2021, Mrs Darko indicated that the Authority is working assiduously on the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.
As soon as a vaccine is authorized to be used in Ghana, the Ministry of Well being will concern a nationwide coverage on its deployment and use.
The Authority’s Progressive Licensing Scheme (PLS) certification initiative which centered on the meals trade final 12 months, focused 500 enterprises. Out of the goal quantity, 56 SMEs being 11.2% have obtained certification within the ongoing course of.
The Authority signifies that in 2021, the Scheme can be prolonged to the native cosmetics trade given the fast wins achieved from the PLS for the meals trade.
The FDA anticipates that SMEs in these sectors will leverage on initiatives like authorities’s 1D1F programme and the African Continental Free Commerce Settlement (ACFTA) to develop their attain past our borders.
To additional enhance the variety of registered merchandise namely-food, medicine, cosmetics, family chemical substances, medical units and so on available on the market, the FDA as a part of its plans for 2021, has decreased its registration charges by 80-90 % because the starting of final 12 months.
Firms are subsequently anticipated to make the most of this window to adjust to registration necessities.
The FDA additionally seeks to collaborate with GRA Customs and the Ghana Built-in Customs Administration Programs (ICUMS) to offer safety for importers whose registration numbers is perhaps utilized by different importers illegally to course of FDA registration necessities.
Moreover, the Authority reiterates that it’ll proceed the ‘Take Again of Undesirable Medication (TBUM) Undertaking with the purpose of taking or retrieving unused and expired medicines from shoppers and dispose them safely as enshrined within the Public Well being Act 2012, Act 851.
The scope of this mission, in keeping with Mrs Darko, is anticipated to be prolonged to different areas.
As a part of efforts to win public confidence, the Authority has launched a buyer survey platform, to acquire suggestions from shoppers and shoppers that may assist in streamlining and enhancing on its service supply system.