Laboratory gets international accreditation

Ghana’s national medicines quality control laboratory, the Laboratory Service Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana, has attained the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for several quality control tests.

The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation positions FDA Ghana among Africa’s elite laboratories in the area of pharmaceutical quality control.

The accreditation demonstrates the technical competence of the laboratory and its implementation of laboratory quality management system, and contributes to the Laboratory Service Department’s mandate to provide trustworthy data to the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and ensure the availability of quality-assured foods and medicines in Ghana.

FDA’s accreditation was awarded by ACLASS, an internationally recognized accrediting body based in Alexandria, Virginia for eight key analytical tests.

A statement issued and signed by the Chief Executive of FDA, Mr. Hudu Mogtari, said “With this achievement, we have demonstrated our ability to produce reliable results that will give authorities within Ghana and internationally confidence in decisions impacting the health of patients.”

Dr. Sureyya Hornston, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Technical Advisor of USAID/Ghana commended Ghana’s FDA and said, “Obtaining this world-class accreditation is a laborious process that demonstrates a strong commitment to excellence at every level of the laboratory.”

“Thanks to FDA’s dedication to continuous improvement, the laboratory will be in a position to help improve access to good quality medicines in Ghana, especially anti-malarials in the entire region. The USAID mission in Ghana is proud to have supported this achievement,” he added.

Dr Patrick Lukulay, Director of Program at the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) explained that much of the laboratory work essential to medicines quality testing entailed complex methods and procedures that must be followed meticulously to ensure accurate results.

The importance of this accuracy cannot be understated, adding, “With this accreditation, FDA demonstrates that its technical operations and administrative systems are functioning at the highest quality levels by international standards, producing accurate, valid results that can be trusted by the international community.”

ACLASS, an internationally recognized accrediting body based in Alexandria, Virginia, awarded the ISO/IEC accreditation for eight key analytical tests. Technical and financial assistance came from PQM program, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).

PQM works with regulatory authorities in developing countries around the world to safeguard the quality of medicines, with a particular focus on priority medicines for treating malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. GNA

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