There are a lot of foreigners, individuals and companies who wish to start their own businesses or have businesses in Ghana but they do not know about seeking “clearance” from the Food and Drugs Authority(FDA). Some of these people end up doing business illegally which later lands them in trouble.
Below is what you need to know about the food and drugs authority so that you can do your business in Ghana peacefully and successfully.
The FDA is the National Regulatory Body responsible for the regulation of food, drugs, food supplements, herbal and homeopathic medicines, veterinary medicines, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemical substances, tobacco and tobacco products, blood and blood products as well as the conduct of clinical trials protocols.
The Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851 provides for the establishment of a Governing Board with the responsibility of ensuring the effective implementation of the functions of the Authority.
The FDA exists to ensure the safety, quality and efficacy of human and veterinary drugs, food, biological products, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemical substances and clinical trials, and the control of tobacco products through the enforcement of relevant standards to protect public health.
The vision of FDA is to protect the health and safety of people in Ghana and be a global centre of excellence for food and medical product regulation.
Most at time people do not do things properly because they do not want to encounter delays. However, a little delay sometimes is unavoidable.
We should all know that the Food and Drugs Authority(FDA) are working for our own good. Just like countries around the world prioritize the health and safety of its citizens, Ghana also cares about its citizens.
So, if you have any business which falls under food, drugs, food supplements, herbal and homeopathic medicines, veterinary medicines, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemical substances, tobacco and tobacco products, blood and blood products, you need to visit the office of the FDA for a thorough examination to be done so as to save us all.
It is also not too late to start the process with the FDA if you are already in business. Those wishing to start their business should take note and see the FDA before they commence.
It is high time people enquire from business organizations for FDA certification before purchasing any product.
Let’s do the right thing and use the right procedures. This will save us all.