The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Office has stepped up measures to ensure the safety and efficacy of herbal products for public consumption.
The Authority thus embarked on a regional workshop to educate, raise awareness and acquire knowledge for phytotherapists from the three regions.
Akua Amponsaa Owusu, the director in charge of the Authority for the three regions, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview on the sidelines of a one-day training workshop for around 180 practitioners of the herbal medicine in the Bono region.
The workshop, she said, was to give manufacturers the necessary knowledge about the herbal medicine manufacturing industry to improve the safety of their products.
This, she said, would guard against the influx of fake, unregistered herbal medicine products into the market in order to maintain a high standard of quality in the domestic herbal medicine industry.
Ms. Owusu said periodic training by the FDA to promote industry best practices would improve the potency and effectiveness of herbal medicine and the appropriate treatment of disease.
This, she added, could even help reduce government spending on importing drugs for money saved to fund other equally important development projects.
Earlier in a presentation, Mr. Richard Kyeremeh Yeboah, a senior regulatory officer for the FDA, pointed out that the training would also help authenticate herbal products for their legitimate medicinal uses.
Mr. Yeboah further highlighted the need for manufacturers to package their products in airtight containers to avoid contamination of products with foreign matter such as dust.
The training was initially organized for herbalists in the Ahafo region and participants covered topics that included standard operating procedures, correct measurements with the right measuring devices, and product naming.
According to the FDA, the correct labeling information required the indication of active ingredients, manufacturer’s name, disease state, dosage, storage conditions, precautions, location address, phone and lot numbers shown in a required language such as English and Twi.