FDA CONDUCTS PRODUCT-QUALITY MONITORING ON FACE MASKS

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has conducted a nationwide product-quality monitoring exercise in selected facilities and markets to ascertain the compliance (thickness) of face masks from 28th June 2021 to 9th August 2021.

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The objective of this monitoring exercise by the Authority was to check the conformance of the face masks sold on the market with the FDA's In-House Specification (LSD/MED/GL-02) for testing face masks.

The quality control activities nationwide revealed that out of a total of one hundred and eighty (180) face masks samples obtained from the exercise, one hundred and fifty-five (155) samples passed the standards specification test, constituting 86.1% of the total samples, and twenty-five (25) failed the test, constituting 13.9%, as per the Authority's specifications. Fourteen (14) brands had been registered and approved by the FDA at the time of the exercise while one hundred and sixty-two (162) brands were unregistered with the Authority.

Regions

No. of brands sampled

No. of brands

passed

No. of brands that failed

No. of registered brands

No. of unregistered brands

No. of brands that have initiated registration

Greater Accra

25

24

1

6

19

0

Ashanti

21

21

0

2

19

0

Bono

13

11

2

0

13

0

Central

20

20

0

1

19

0

Eastern

19

15

4

0

19

0

Northern

22

22

0

1

21

0

Volta

15

4

11

1

10

0

Western

14

14

0

1

13

0

Upper West

11

11

0

2

9

0

Upper East

20

13

7

0

20

0

Products that did not conform to the Authority's specifications at the end of the exercise were detained awaiting safe disposal. Importers of failed samples have been directed to initiate a recall of the failed samples and furnish the Authority with the necessary documentation. Importers of unregistered brands have been directed by the Authority to bring their activities into regulatory compliance.

The general public is advised to report any suspicious FDA-regulated product. Importers and manufacturers are warned to desist from importing and producing products which are non-compliant with the approved standards.

THE FDA MISSION

The FDA exist 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.

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