NDA Gets New Name

Cabinet has approved a name change and new mandate for the National Drug Authority (NDA).

Going forward, it will be called the National Food and Drug Authority (NFDA), Information Minister Rose Namayanja told a press conference in Kampala last week. Namayanja said the name change was aimed at broadening the authority’s regulatory mandate to encompass items that were not provided for under the National Drug Policy and Authority Act, 1993.

She contended that unlike drugs which have been regulated by the defunct NDA, the new authority would ensure that citizens are “better protected, from hazardous items like food, food supplements and other materials.”

“Cabinet realized that Uganda has recurrent outbreaks of food-related diseases and there is a risk of the presence of counterfeit, dumping of expired and substandard foods and feeds on the market,” she said.

Source : The Observer