By: SILVESTER KAUMBA
Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) has commended the Government through the Zambia Medical Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) for having recalled thirteen brands of locally manufactured alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants that did not conform to recommended specifications.
ZAM Vice President Chipego Zulu says this development brings to light the high level of non-compliance to Standard Operating Practices by some players in the manufacturing sector.
Ms Zulu stressed that the action, by ZAMRA, sends a strong message to various industry players across the country and should lead to an increase in compliance in view of the rising cases of coronavirus and the directive for Zambian citizens to adapt and thrive in “the New Normal”.
She has since reiterated the need to address the deeply entrenched illicit market in the local manufacturing sector.
Last week, the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority announced that it had recalled thirteen locally manufactured alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants that did not conform to recommended specifications. This followed the results of analysis and testing conducted by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) which found that the products were not complying with the set standards required for the protection or safety of consumers.