The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has established the Centre for Laboratory Services and Research and the Centre for Import and Export Control as part of strengthening its regulatory function to deliver better service to the public.
The two centres, according to the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, have been accredited and certified by the International Standards Organization (ISO), making their services internationally recognized.
Addressing the media at a press soiree in Accra last week, the CEO was positive the Laboratory Centre, which she proudly described as having the “largest testing scope under one roof in Africa,” would support the “implementation of the One District; One Factory (1D1F) initiative and be a key collaborator to AfCFTA.”
Mrs Darko, in attesting to the efficiency and professionalism of the facility stated, “the probability of any country rejecting products that have come through the FDA laboratory is almost zero”
The FDA is a key stakeholder in the implementation of the free trade area through increased regulation and safety assurance as the policy triggers increased influx of goods and services in to the country.
The Authority has also taken proactive steps through the Centre for Import and Export Control and the launch of the zero tolerance for unregistered imported products to ensure that all entry points and borders including the Tema and Takoradi sea ports, the Kotoka International Airport, as well as the borders in Western, Volta, Bono, Upper West and Upper East regions are effectively controlled by officials of the FDA.
As its contribution to supporting the growth of local small and medium enterprises, the FDA has initiated the Progressive Licensing Scheme (PLS) to facilitate the licensing processes of these entities. Mrs Darko observed, “one of the aims of the PLS is to have 60% of the food and cosmetics sold in the A-rated and other supermarkets to be made in Ghana.”
According to the CEO, since the inception of the programme in July last year to date, 163 businesses in the cosmetics sector have been registered, while the food sector has 1103 businesses registered.
She said the FDA is working with these supermarkets to ensure made in Ghana products have dedicated and well branded shelves to make them more conspicuous to the shopping public.
By Godfred Tawiah – Gogo