'Insist on quality goods, services' (October 17, 2013) pg 57

Members of the public have been urged to insist on quality goods and services to protect themselves against substandard products and services. 

That, according to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, would help businesses to adhere to high standards in their operations.

Making a strong case for the protection of consumers in a speech read on his behalf at a durbar to mark this year's World Standards Day in Accra, the minister charged the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to work harder to ensure the safety of consumers in the country.

He called for a strong collaboration among stakeholders including importers, manufacturers, exporters, consumers and regulatory bodies, to guarantee quality and safe products on the market.

The minister's comment comes on the heels of reports of sub-standard drugs being imported into the Ghanaian market culminating in the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) banning the importation and distribution of all medicinal products manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma Limited of India into the country.

World Standards Day

The World Standard Day is an annual international day celebrated every October 14. The goal of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of standardisation to the global economy among regulators, industry and consumers.

The day honours the efforts of thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standard development organisations such as the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Acknowledging the importance of standards, Mr Iddrisu said, 'they have not only guided governments and organisations to produce quality goods and services but have also helped provide technological and scientific basis that underpin health, safety and environmental legislation.'

Message

Held on the theme; 'International standards ensure positive change', this year's World Standards Day message from the three international world standard regulatory bodies, rallied the world to continue adhering to strict standards.

'In this complex environment, international standards are powerful tools to lead positive change by detailing specifications that can open up global markets, create enabling business environments, spur economic growth and help mitigate and adapt climate change,' the message read by Mr Kofi Magetey,the GSA Deputy Executive Director in charge of Commercial Services said.

With growing concerns about the quality of imported products into the country, Mrs Elizabeth H. Adetola, the GSA Deputy Executive Director in charge of Core Services, said the authority 'remained committed to ensuring that adequate sensitisation is carried out at all times to guarantee safety, quality, good health and protection of the environment.'

As part of activities marking the day, two companies—New Lucky Electricals Limited and Agenda Commercial Ventures, were awarded for consistently adhering to quality benchmarks of the GSA.

Kumasi Anglican Senior High School emerged winners of an essay competition organised by the GSA to celebrate the occasion.

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