Herbal medicine producers urged to adhere to hygienic practices

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has urged herbal medicine manufactures to adhere to proper personal hygiene and clean working environments.

Mrs Anita Owusu Kufour, a Principal Regulatory Officer at the Ashanti Regional Office of the FDA, said the Authority had intensified measures to guarantee the safety and efficacy of herbal products for public consumption and warned that it would not certify herbal drugs produced under unhygienic conditions.

“The Authority has intensified measures to guarantee the safety and efficacy of these herbal products for public consumption and would not certify herbal drugs which are produced under unhygienic conditions,” she noted.

Mrs Owusu Kufour, who was speaking at a day’s training workshop on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Traditional Herbalist Association of Ghana (THAG) in Kumasi, said the Authority expected herbal medicine producers to ensure safety and hygienic practices.

GMP is the totality of all activities and processes one embarks upon in the production process to ensure that the outcome (product) is safe, efficacious and of good quality.
The training workshop organised the FDA was aimed at ensuring that herbal products met acceptable standards and regulations as stipulated in the Public Health Act.

It was also to provide in-depth knowledge of the registration process, labelling and advertisement, product registration, good manufacturing practices, packaging, and product contamination.

The training formed part of the Authority’s mandate to ensure periodic engagement with various clients to remind them of the need to adhere to best practices in the interest of public safety.

She advised the public to be vigilant by paying attention to expiry date, accreditation and good storage practice of products before patronising them.

The FDA, she noted, was committed to ensuring public health safety and would continue to ensure activities of manufacturers and producers of food and drugs were regulated.

Mr. Daniel Gyasi, the Secretary of THAG, on behalf of the Association, thanked the FDA for exposing them to best practices and requirements to be a certified producer of herbal products.

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