The Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has purchased 14 more mobile laboratory vans in order to promote its survey and monitoring in local markets, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The union minister for health and sports visited the FDA office in Nay Pyi Taw on September 12 to inspect laboratory activities. During the visit, the minister inspected the Food Chemistry Laboratory and Molecular Labour Laboratory, chemical lab, medical and cosmetics lab, medical control lab and laboratory equipment.
Laboratory tests for food and drugs are available at laboratories of the FDA in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw and other various universities and departments such as the Health Department, Livestock Breeding Department, Fisheries Department, Yezin Agriculture University, Research and Innovation Department and Development Committees in big cities.
Laboratory tests are being conducted thorough cooperation of those laboratories across the country. Moreover, Myanmar is cooperating with international organisations such as PTB, UNIDO and GIZ (TDP).
The government has launched Laboratory Network with 16 state-owned laboratories and two private laboratories, and FDA has been elected as convener or chair of steering committee of the network.
FDA branches at regional levels have been opened across Myanmar and 20 district level branches are under construction. Those all branches will be equipped with more laboratories.