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In a collaborative effort to ensure the smooth flow of health products across borders, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently conducted a comprehensive training session for the selected Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers on the authorizations issued by the agency for importation and exportation of health products last February 21-22, 2024, at One Tagaytay Place.

The Resource Speakers from various FDA Centers include Director Maria Cecilia Matienzo of the Center for Device Regulation, Radiation and Health Research (CDRRHR); Maria Lynette Macabeo, Food-Drug Regulation Officer (FDRO) III of the Center for Cosmetics and Household/Urban Hazardous Substances Regulation and Research, Licensing and Registration Division of the Center (CCHUHSRR-LRD); Melody Borlagdatan, Health Program Officer (HPO) I of the Policy and Planning Service – Policy Dissemination and Training Division (PPS-PDTD); Hannah Margaret Rabaja, RND, MBA, FDRO III of the Center for Food Regulation and Research – Licensing and Registration Division (CFRR-LRD); Janissa Therese Gutierrez, FDRO III, of the Center for Drug Regulation and Research – Product Research and Standards Development Division (CDRR-PRSDD); Estrellita B. Pastolero, MGM, Health Education and Promotion Officer (HEPO) V of the PPS-PDTD; Sarah Y. Manucdoc and Miriam A. Flora, both FDRO II of the Regional Field Office-South Luzon Cluster (RFO-SLC).

The training covered a wide range of topics related to importation and exportation authorizations, providing participants with insights into the four (4) FDA Centers and the products under its jurisdiction, importation of FDA-regulated products for personal use, the FDA Verification Portal, and the marketing authorizations issued for distribution of health products in domestic and foreign markets.

Following the informative sessions, a workshop was conducted to gauge the understanding of BOC personnel on the presentations and to equip them with the skills to verify the authenticity of documents related to health product importation and exportation. The interactive sessions allowed participants to ask questions and engage in discussions with the expert speakers, enhancing their understanding of the topics.

The said training served as a valuable platform for collaboration between the FDA and the Bureau of Customs, aiming to ensure the safe and efficient movement of health products across borders. By enhancing regulatory compliance, the collaboration contributes to the protection of public health and safety.

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