New law in offing to set up food, drug authority

ABU DHABI — The government is mulling enacting a new law to institute a federal food and drug authority, Khaleej Times has learnt. "The Ministry of Health is preparing a draft Bill on establishing a new food and drug authority to oversee registration of drugs and food supplements in the country," a senior health official told Khaleej Times yesterday.

By Nada S.mussallam

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Published: Thu 6 Jul 2006, 10:38 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:08 PM

The official said the move aimed to put an end to illegal drug use at certain specialised establishments across the emirates. "A technical committee has been formed at the ministry to prepare a draft resolution on the proposed authority which will be chaired by officials from the Pharmacy and Supplies and Drug Control Departments," said the official.

Responding to the proposed resolution, health officials said providing for legislation would enhance surveillance and inspection of dietary supplements and drug items marketed by commercial outlets in the country. Lack of coordination between concerned authorities has reportedly contributed to aggravating the problem of counterfeit products, mainly herbal medicines.

On other resolutions the ministry intends to pass, the official said the ministry had prepared a draft bill on modernising provisions of the existing federal pharmacy law and the pharmacy practice law. He said the proposed resolution focuses on new international drug policies based on science, public health and human rights.

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