The Government Analyst – Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) on September 18, 2020 acquired international accreditation of its Inspectorate Division. According to the department, this status of International Standard Organization (ISO) 17020 achievement was conferred by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
“The Department; after over two (2) years of preparation of our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for inspection and our Quality Management System, was subjected to an assessment exercise by A2LA during the period August 17-20,2020. During the exercise, inspection procedures and practical inspections were observed by the body after which only four (4) non-conformances (NC’s) were identified at closure.” The department said.
The GA-FDD is the only accredited Government Inspection Body in Guyana and also has the distinction of being the only Government entity in the entire Caribbean Region that is fully a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) with ISO17020 Inspectorate as well as ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditations. The laboratory accreditation was acquired through Jamaican National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).
“The department said. “This milestone is attributed to astute leadership, hard work and dedication of all staff and the unwavering support from the Ministry of Public Health. The Department strives to continually enhance our standards and service to clients and the people of Guyana.”
The Department’s immediate plan is to redouble efforts to ensure revision of our archaic legislation, finalizing the project for their new and improved state of the art laboratory and office complex facility, and the complete digitization of the GA-FDD operating systems. These measures are geared towards realizing their strategic goals to offer superior service to clients, trade facilitation and guarantee consumer protection from substandard products.