The Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Delese Darko, on the 7th August 2018, welcomed a delegation made up of three MSC students in Regulatory Affairs and the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia to Ghana for a practical attachment to understudy the regulatory system of the FDA.

As part of FDA’s vision to create a regulatory centre of excellence in Africa, the FDA accepted the request from the School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University for the practical attachment.

The three MSc students in Regulatory Affairs; Mr. Hailu Zeru Berhe, Mr. Sisay Endale Biru and Mr. Tsega Kokobe Tate, who are led by their Dean, Prof. Ephrem Engidawork Asfaw, are expected to acquire technical knowledge to be able to identify challenges in Ethiopian regulatory system and plan for improvement. This is to systematically help address the dire demand for qualified professionals in the regulatory sector in Ethiopia.

Indicating why FDA was chosen as the place for the practical attachment, it was noted that the School of Pharmacy wanted the students to have an opportunity to do their attachment at one of the leading regulatory authorities on the continent, in terms of structure, facility, technology, human capital and performance. Additionally, the pharmaceutical sector, especially the local pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Ghana is considered to be well established, hence the choice for the attachment.

As part of the attachment, the students will study the organizational structure of the FDA, learn available regulatory systems, technologies and best practices and interact with selected stakeholders of the FDA.

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