FDA Conducts Quality Control Checks On ATU Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

The Medical Devices, Cosmetics and Household Chemical Inspectorate Department of the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has conducted quality control checks on alcohol-based hand sanitizers produced by the Science Laboratory Technology Department (SLT) of Accra Technical University, to ensure they are fit for use and meet the required certification standards.
It would be recalled that the government in response to the COVID-19 fight, as part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols, encouraged the local production and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to ease the spread of the virus.
Following this clarion call, the Management of the University directed the SLT Department to expedite actions in the production of hand sanitizers for domestic use in an effort to supplement the government’s effort towards the global pandemic. 
The team from the FDA led by Mr. Yaw Baffour and assisted by Ms. Akosua Konadu Asamoah Kwarteng, probed the composition of the product, distribution list, batch coding/number, test analysis on finished products and the recall procedure of the sanitizers produced.
Responding to questions from the team, a principal technologist at the SLT Department and the Quality Control Officer of the sanitizer production, Mr. Dominic Bonah hinted that the production team has initiated an in-house quality control measure pegged at 800-900cP and have so far worked within that range.
The team from the FDA recommended for adoption, the statement of quantities in the steps used in the production of each batch of sanitizers for the purposes of batch manufacturing records and also conduct filled-volume checks when the green light is given for commercial production.
The head of the Medical Laboratory Science Department, Dr. Henry Hackman commended the team from the FDA for their show of professionalism in making meaning out of the production process.
He assured the team that the department will work with all suggestions in accordance with ISO 22716 standards; the guidelines for the production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products for the issuance of manufacturing licenses.