FDA build­ing new lab­o­ra­tory in Yan­gon

The Myanmar Times - - News - MYINT KAY THI my­in­tkaythi@mm­times.com

THE gov­ern­ment depart­ment in charge of keep­ing food, drugs, cos­met­ics, and other goods safe for the pub­lic is open­ing a new test­ing ground in Yan­gon.

The Min­istry of Health and Sports’ Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) launched con­struc­tion on the four-storey build­ing in Min­gal­adon town­ship on Novem­ber 11, Yan­gon Re­gion FDA direc­tor Daw Khin Saw Hla said.

The goal of the new lab­o­ra­tory is to make the depart­ment more ef­fec­tive, she said.

“It will take a long time to get the lab­o­ra­tory up to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and we need tech­ni­cal ex­perts to help af­ter the con­struc­tion is fin­ished next year,” she said at the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony.

The FDA will un­der­take pre- and post-mar­ket sur­veil­lance to en­sure that prod­ucts are safe for pub­lic con­sump­tion.

“Our main re­spon­si­bil­ity is to test food, drugs, cos­met­ics, and med­i­cal de­vices,” she said.

The FDA plans to ex­tend the num­ber of staff in its depart­ment. The Yan­gon FDA has about 90 staffers and that to­tal will rise, Daw Khin Saw Hla said. The FDA em­ploys 2875 na­tion­wide.

The FDA was founded in 1995 and be­came its own depart­ment, sep­a­rate from the Min­istry of Health, in 2013.

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