In an interview with the Khaleej Times, officials said that the UAE has introduced stringent medical product importation measures to stop the entry of fake medicines into the country. To date, importation is only authorized for licensed, registered and regularly inspected medical stores. These registered facilities will only be allowed to import medical products through the Mohap import system where they acquire necessary approvals that include technical auditing for each import request. The registration process has been implemented to ensure that the products are tracked from the initial steps of manufacturing all the way through to the patient’s administration in terms of quality, safety and efficacy.
“General trading companies, hospitals, pharmacies or any non-licensed establishments are not allowed to import medicines, medical devices, precursor chemicals or any other related products. This is ensured by custom authorities who work closely with the ministry,” said Dr Fatima.
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