Govt to review Standards Authority Law

Haruna IddrisuHaruna IddrisuThe government is to review the National Redemption Council Decree (NRCD), 1973, that established the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) into a Bill to help make the authority more effective to carry out its duties.

The review of the law is in line with the government’s quest to establish standards and ensuring that foods meant for local consumption and exports met the required standard and quality.

The Trade and Industry Minister, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, who gave the hint, said the review would be done soon and would result in the passage of the GSA Bill 2013, possibly before the end of the year.

He explained that the review would clearly outline the GSA’s mandate as well as streamline it along the powers of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to enable the two bodies to collaborate effectively in promoting standardisation in industry and commerce.

Mr Iddrisu was addressing the media at the end of a familiarisation tour of some laboratories at the GSA in Accra.

The occasion was used to interact with management of the authority, which is one of the lead agencies under the trade ministry.

The minister, who is also the NDC Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, said the GSA had been doing extremely well in its quest to promote industrial efficiency and prohibiting the manufacture and imports of unwholesome goods into the country.

Mr Iddrisu, however, challenged the board and management of the authority to show its physical presence in the Upper West Region of the country before the end of December 2013, to ensure their complete presence in the country.

He said there was the need to increase their products and systems audit, adding that unannounced visits to industries must also be intensified to ensure that compliance with health and safety standards were followed.

The Executive Director of the GSA, Dr George Ben Crentsil, said he was grateful to the minister and his entourage for the visit and subsequently pledged his support for the collaboration between the authority and the ministry.

Story: Jessica Acheampong


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