Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA)
The Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA) is the regulatory body responsible for ensuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicines, cosmetics, and medical devices in Uganda. Formerly known as the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA), it was established by an Act of Parliament in 1993 as a semi-autonomous body under the Ministry of Health. The NDA operates independently to regulate and control the manufacture, importation, distribution, and use of human and veterinary medicines, as well as related products like herbal medicines, vaccines, and medical devices. The authority is mandated to assess and approve the registration of drugs, monitor their quality through inspections, and enforce regulations to safeguard public health. Additionally, it oversees the issuance of licenses to pharmaceutical manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, and retailers while conducting post-marketing surveillance to monitor adverse reactions and ensure compliance with standards. The NDA plays a crucial role in safeguarding the public by ensuring that all medicines and related products available in Uganda meet the required standards and pose no harm to consumers or animals.
The NDA is responsible for regulating the manufacture, importation, distribution, and use of human and veterinary medicines, herbal remedies, vaccines, cosmetics, and medical devices. It assesses and approves the registration of these products to ensure they meet safety, quality, and efficacy standards.
The authority evaluates and approves the registration of medicines, cosmetics, and medical devices before they can be marketed and distributed in Uganda. This process involves rigorous assessment of the products’ quality, safety, and effectiveness.
The NDA issues licenses to pharmaceutical manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, and retailers, ensuring compliance with standards and good manufacturing practices. It conducts regular inspections of facilities to ensure adherence to quality and safety requirements.
The authority monitors the safety and effectiveness of medicines and medical devices in the market through post-marketing surveillance. It collects and analyzes reports of adverse reactions or side effects associated with these products and takes necessary actions to mitigate risks.
The NDA enforces regulations related to the quality, distribution, and use of medicines and related products. It takes action against illegal or substandard products and ensures compliance with set standards and guidelines.
The authority engages in public awareness campaigns and educational programs to inform the public, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders about the safe use of medicines, cosmetics, and medical devices.
The NDA collaborates with international organizations, regulatory bodies, and stakeholders to strengthen regulatory capacity, share information, and improve the quality assurance system in Uganda.