FDA and NBSSI trains SMEs on product registration requirement .

The Eastern Regional Food and Drugs Authority in collaboration with National Board for Small Scale Industries have trained over twenty(20) small and medium enterprises at Atimpoku in the eastern region of Ghana. The training was part of FDAs collaboration with the NBSSI to help cottage, small and medium enterprises to meet registration requirement.

The Food and Drugs Authority last year signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the NBSSI to support small and medium enterprises to have their product meet standards so that their product can be on the shelves of supermarkets, mall and shops across the country and beyond.

Mr. David Arhin, Senior Regulatory Officer, FDA Speaking during the training he took participant through registration requirement and good manufacturing procedures (GMP). He said the basic requirement for registering product include, application letter, business registration certificate, certificate analysis, medical report test, site master plan, product label and product and facility fee.

He said application tendered for registration does not take longer time, but it takes maximum of three months to get approval or feedback from the authority.

Mr Arhin indicated that at times product registration goes beyond the required period due to some technical requirement and also delay can be on the part of the client, he said some client submit uncompleted documents to the authority.

Mr. Peter Alordji, Regulatory Officer, FDA also schooled participant on documentation of their activities, he said documentation is also another important requirement toward product registration.

He said all activities that are carried out from the beginning of the production to finish product must be properly documented to ensure product safety and product traceability.

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