New import regulations on drugs, cosmetics, medical devices

The Government Analyst – Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) wishes to advise all importers that, as of the 1st August, 2017, all drugs, cosmetics and medical devices imported into Guyana must be accompanied by an original Free Sale or Health Certificate. This regulation and new enforcement was announced through a press advisory issued by the GA-FDD on Thursday. These certifications must be issued by the competent authority in the prescribed form and in the country of origin.

Additionally, the new directive stipulates that the information provided by the Free Sale or Health Certificate must include the name and address of consignor, name and address of consignee, the certification number, description of the product, quantity of the product, mode of transportation, attestation from the competent authority, an official signature, and the organisation’s or authority’s stamp.

The need for verification is in accordance with Food and Drug Act of the Laws of Guyana, Chapter 34:03, Section 32(II), and the Food and Drug Regulation 13. GA-FDD has indicated that this move is to ensure that drugs, cosmetics and medical devices being imported into Guyana are of the requisite standard, and as such, the department is acting in the interest of consumer protection and safety.

Importers who fail to provide the necessary verification for the purchase of the listed items will be barred from completing their transactions upon enforcement of the new regulations, come August.