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Food and Drugs Authority’s Vision

To create and sustain a Regulatory Centre of Excellence on the African Continent.

Food and Drugs Authority’s Mission

The FDA exists to protect public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, food, biological products, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemical substances, tobacco and the conduct of clinical trials in the country.

Food and Drugs Authority’s Quality Policy

The Food and Drugs Authority will continually ensure quality, safe and efficacious / effective / wholesome products through Registration, Inspections, Licensing, Surveillance and Clinical Trials activities in conformity with the applicable national and international standards and to meet customer satisfaction.

The Food Drugs Authority (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 and the conduct of clinical trials protocols.

The FDA was established in 1992 as the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) on the basis of the 1992 Food and Drug Law (PNDCL 305B), later amended by the Food and Drugs ACT of 1996. The Food and Drugs legislation was revised in 2012 and integrated into a new Public Health ACT 851, 2012 that gave birth to the Food and Drugs Authority. The FDA’s legal mandate is found in part 6 (Tobacco Control Measures), part 7 (organisation and responsibilities of the FDA), and part 8 (Clinical trials) of the Public Health Act, 2012 Act 851.

The Public Health Act,2012 provides for the establishment of a governing board with the responsibility of ensuring the effective implementation of the functions of the Authority. The Authority currently has eleven-member Governing Board.

Administratively, the FDA is headed by the Chief Executive Officer who reports directly to the Governing Board. The Chief Executive Officer of the FDA takes responsibility for the daily operational management, service delivery and strategic issues of the FDA.

The FDA has four (4) technical advisory committees (TAC) for safety of medicines, safety of vaccines and biological products, medical devices and clinical trials. The committees are made up of experts from different scientific backgrounds. The TAC on safety was formed to act as a forum to advise the FDA on matters relating to post-approval safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of the products granted marketing authorization by the Authority. The TAC for clinical trials also advises the FDA on matters related to the conduct of clinical trials. The TAC provides expertise to assist the FDA in making appropriate risk management decisions, however, the decision making responsibility remains with the FDA.

Functions of the Authority

  • Ensure adequate and effective standards for food, drugs, cosmetics, household chemicals and medical devices
  • Monitor through the District Assemblies and any other agency of State compliance with the provisions of Part 6,7 and 8 of the Public Health Act,2012 (ACT 851)
  • Advise the Minister on measures for the protection of the health of consumers
  • Advise the Minister on the preparation of effective Regulations for the implementation of Part 6,7 and 8 of the Public Health Act,2012 (ACT 851)
  • Approve the initiation and conduct of clinical trials in the country
  • Perform any other functions that are ancillary to attaining the objects of the Authority

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