GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has employed 300 Trading Standards Inspectors and embarked on rigorous training initiatives.
This move aims to enforce quality standards nationwide, ensuring that both imported and domestically produced goods meet stringent criteria.
Professor Alex Dodoo, the Director-General of GSA, reaffirmed the Authority’s dedication to protecting the lives and well-being of Ghanaians, as reported by GhanaWeb.
Speaking at the World Standards Day event in Accra, he underscored the importance of a solid infrastructure, including skilled professionals and robust systems, to ensure comprehensive standardization.
The event, held under the theme “Shared Vision for a Better World: Standards for Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being),” celebrated the collaborative efforts of experts worldwide who contribute to the development of international, regional, and national standards.
Professor Dodoo highlighted the implementation of various management systems, including ISO 9001, to enhance efficiency within the GSA.
Underpinning this commitment is the enforcement of standards, facilitated by the new Act granted to GSA in 2022, empowering the Authority to uphold these regulations.
The National Quality Policy and GSA’s five-year strategic plan further solidify efforts to protect society, lives, and public health.
Ms. Joyce Okoree, the Director of Standards Directorate, emphasized the critical role of standards in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Adherence to standards, she noted, is fundamental to creating a fair and sustainable world, countering environmental degradation and promoting the health and well-being of citizens.
Ms. Okoree stressed that standards provide practical solutions across economies, fostering a level playing field for businesses and ensuring consumers receive value for their money.
These standards, developed collaboratively by experts globally, represent a repository of best practices, embodying global expertise to guarantee the safety, sustainability, and effectiveness of goods and services.
In his address, Prof. Felix Mills-Robertson, the Board Chairman of GSA, highlighted the pivotal role of standards in healthcare.
These standards, he noted, serve as guiding principles ensuring the safety, efficacy, and accessibility of medical services and products.
He emphasized the importance of collaboration, urging sectors, nations, and ideologies to unite for collective progress.
Certificates were presented to participants of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) Essay Competition, further encouraging the pursuit of excellence in the standards and quality regulation field.