The Food and Drugs Authority is the national regulatory body under the Ministry of Health with the responsibility of implementing Food and Drugs Law of 1992, (PNDCL 305B) to regulate the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, use and advertisements of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and household chemicals with respect to ensuring their safety, quality and efficacy. In exercising this mandate, the Food and Drugs Authority ensures the safety and wholesomeness of foods we eat.
The Food and Drugs Authority also ensures that human and veterinary drugs, household chemicals substances, cosmetics and medical devices are safe and effective. The Food and Drugs Authority therefore regulates the following products under its mandate:
1. Product Registration and Manufacturing Establishment/Premises Licensing
Includes any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold, or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair, or teeth and includes deodorants and perfumes.
What is regulated.
3. Household Chemical Substances
means any substance or mixture of substances prepared, sold or represented for use as:
Or any other substance or mixture of substances which the Minister of Health may after consultation with the Authority, declare to be a household chemical substance.
Safety of all food products
Bottled and Sachet drinking water
Medicines and vaccines registration and approval
Allopathic and Herbal Medicines permit regulation
OTC and prescription drug labelling
Drugs Safety Monitoring
6. Medical Device
means any instrument or apparatus including components, parts and accessories of if manufactured, sold or represented for use in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of disease, disorder or abnormal physical state, or the symptoms of it in man or animal.
What is regulated:
Pre-market approval of new devices
Manufacturing and performance standards
Tracking reports of device malfunctioning and serious adverse reactions
7. Veterinary Products
Food products of animal origin
Regulation of meat markets/shops, etc
8. Tobacco, Narcotics and Psychotropic substances Control
9. Evaluation of Promotional Materials (Advertisements)
Advertisements on all of the above-mentioned items
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