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Thailand FDA to become 49th Participating Authority member
The PIC/S Committee recently met on 4-5 July 2016 in Manchester, where they invited Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) to join the Scheme as from 1 August 2016.
Thailand FDA structure
The infrastructure of the Thai FDA from their website, officially consists of two main groups. First, the Health Product Control Division group consists of the Bureau of Cosmetic and Hazardous Substances Control, and five other divisions:
- Drug Control,
- Food Control,
- Medical Devices Control,
- Narcotics Control and
- Import and Export Inspection.
Secondly, the Support Division group consists of three divisions:
- Public and Consumer Affairs,
- Rural and Local Consumer Health Products Protection Promotion,
- Technical and Planning, and the Office of the Secretary.
In addition, six internal units have been established to perform particular tasks:
- Information Technology Centre;
- Food and Drug Legal Group;
- Public Sector Development Group;
- Internal Audit Group;
- Complementary Health Product Group, and
- Community Health Product Quality Improvement Coordinating Centre.
Congratulations to PIC/S and Thai FDA on another milestone to international regulatory convergence. We at PharmOut are sure that industry will start reaping the benefits soon.