The three-day programme, in collaboration with the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) for about 46 manufacturers, was part of the FDA’s mandate under the Public Health Act 2012, Act 851, to ensure public health and safety through the regulation of pharmaceuticals, biologics, herbals, food products, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemicals, tobacco and tobacco products, as well as safety monitoring.
Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, Chief Executive Officer, Food and Drugs Authority, said her outfit had over the years instituted several activities to enable it achieve its mandate and objectives, including the inspection and licensing of manufacturing facilities, registration of product, market surveillance activities and industrial support services.
He thanked the Management of the GEA for the initiative and for funding the programme, which would enhance the quality of locally manufactured cosmetics and household chemical products and make them more competitive within the West African Sub-region and globally.
Mrs Darko stated that the FDA in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana Export Promotion Authority and other stakeholders between November and December 2020, toured the entire country to create awareness on the establishment of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
She said Government and for that matter the FDA and GEA, strongly believed that such training programmes were very necessary to empower local companies to come out with products whose quality attributes could be compared with existing best ones on the market.
She said the country would have been in a much terrible situation by now if those products were of sub-standard quality, saying “this should tell us that we all have a role to play when it comes to ensuring public health and safety”.
He gave other operational requirements as regular verification inspection by the FDA to ensure that their products met consistently applicable public health safety regulations requirement.
Mr Gyimah mentioned some of the observations made by the FDA during its inspection tour of some local manufacturing companies, as the lack of separate or dedicated rooms for production activities, because many were operating from their homes.
He encouraged the participants to take note of the findings of the FDA’s inspection team, and position themselves after the training to amend those gaps for improved production and services.