General / Saudi and Indonesian “Food and Drug Administration” sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the control of medicines and food, the Saudi Press Agency

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Riyadh, 23 Dhu al-Hijjah 1441 AH, corresponding to 13 August 2020 AD, SPA
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Indonesian counterpart today aiming to strengthen control over the quality and safety of medicinal products, including vaccines, biological products, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and processed foods.
The Food and Drug Authority was represented in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by His Excellency the CEO of the Authority, Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhi, and on the Indonesian side, the President of the Food and Drug Authority, Dr. Benny Ki Lokito.
The Memorandum of Understanding provides for the exchange of information and experiences in the field of food safety and control, and in the regulations, standards and rules relating to inspection applied in both countries, in addition to information related to standards, rules and regulations for evaluating the effectiveness, quality and safety of medicinal products before and after marketing.
It also includes further coordination to enhance capacity in food inspection tests, the food import certification system, conducting laboratory tests, and providing notifications of information related to food products.
The agreement includes preparing programs for technical cooperation in the matter of inspections to ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices and drug evaluation, and other programs related to capacity building, and inspecting vocational centers and bioequivalence centers, in addition to knowledge and information related to analyzing and clearing vaccines.
According to the memorandum of understanding, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority will work to facilitate the entry of food and pharmaceutical products to Indonesian pilgrims and Umrah pilgrims after the Hajj and Umrah campaigns fulfill the terms and conditions for product clearance.
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