The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Ministry of Health and Sports was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Accreditation for its good performance in laboratory tests, according to a press conference held by FDA in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
Myanmar's FDA has become the first laboratory among the ASEAN countries to be recognised by the US-based ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). It will be able to expose fake and sub-standard medicines and its lab results will win the trust of the international community.
"We can say that an internationally-recognised laboratory has emerged with the capability to assess the quality of foodstuffs, medicines and cosmetics. This will do a great deal for ensuring the safety of our citizens," said Dr. Than Htut, the director general of FDA.
The department will take systematic measures for the registration of goods and inspection of imported goods and commodities in the local market. It will also conduct investigations into issues that could harm public safety.
There are about 15 private laboratories in the country using imported lab equipment and hired experts. The FDA will inspect them for quality control and present an ISO if they meet the industry standards.
The laboratories under the responsibility of the FDA were upgraded and have been trying since 2014 to obtain international accreditation. The National Accreditation Board under ANAB arrived in Myanmar on October 2016 to make an initial inspection. After confirmation, the board awarded the FDA with an accreditation certificate on December 13.