In order to protect and promote the right to health of the Filipino people and to establish and maintain an effective health products regulatory system responsive to the country’s health needs and problems, the FDA shall perform the following functions as provided by existing laws:

  • To establish safety or efficacy standards and quality measures for foods, drugs and devices and cosmetics and other health product;
  • To undertake appropriate health manpower development and research, responsive to the country's health needs and problems;
  • To assume primary jurisdiction in the collection of samples of health products;
  • To analyze and inspect health products;
  • To establish analytical data to serve as basis for the preparation of health products standards, and to recommend standards of identity, purity, safety, efficacy, quality and fill of container;
  • To issue certificates of compliance with technical requirements to serve as basis for the issuance of appropriate authorization and spot-check for compliance with regulations regarding operation of manufacturers, importers, exporters, distributors, wholesalers, drug outlets, and other establishments and facilities of health products, as determined by the FDA
  • To conduct appropriate tests on all applicable health products prior to the issuance of appropriate authorizations to ensure safety, efficacy, purity, and quality;
  • To require all manufacturers, traders, distributors, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and non-consumer users of health products to report to the FDA any incident that reasonably indicates that said product has caused or contributed to the death, serious illness or serious injury to a consumer, a patient, or any person;
  • To issue cease and desist orders motu propio or upon verified complaint for health produts, whether or not registered with the FDA Provided, That for registered health products, the cease and desist order is valid for thirty (30) days and may be extended for sixty (60) days only after due process has been observed;
  • To order the ban, recall, and/or withdrawal of any health product, after due process, found to have caused the death, serious illness or serious injury to a consumer or patient, or is found to be imminently injurious, unsafe, dangerous, or grossly deceptive, and to require all concerned to implement the risk management plan which is a requirement for the issuance of the appropriate authorization;
  • To strengthen the post market surveillance system in monitoring health products as defined in this Act and incidents of adverse events involving such products;
  • To develop and issue standards and appropriate authorizations that would cover establishments, facilities and health products;
  • To conduct, supervise, monitor and audit research studies on health and safety issues of health products undertaken by entities duly approved by the FDA;
  • To prescribe standards, guidelines, and regulations with respect to information, advertisements and other marketing instruments and promotion, sponsorship, and other marketing activities about the health products
  • To maintain bonded warehouses and/or establish the same, whenever necessary or appropriate, as determined by the director-general for confiscated goods in strategic areas of the country especially at major ports of entry; and
  • To exercise such other powers and perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

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