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alltransline 2013-05-25 20:08:28
제 목 MFDS (previously, KFDA) Reforms and Takes a New Step Forward
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced on 25 March the core changes of the MFDS (previously, the Korea Food and Drug Administration) on the back of its reorganization and upgraded status to a ministry.

The reorganization specifically aims to set up so-called “control tower” to bolster the food safety management system improving the ways to respond to safety accidents and implement modern means of administrative management.

The reorganization plans to tackle the administrative details of the MFDS improving the allocation of departmental activities. Policy making and development function remains within the Headquarter while the duties relating to enforcement, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation are transferred to the Regional Food and Drug Administration.

The MFDS was restructured reflecting the new government’s campaign pledges to eradicate adulterated foods and to protect consumers and strengthen communication. The ministry will also oversee a wide range of policies previously handled by the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and newly established Agricultural, Livestock Products and Fisheries Safety Bureau to strengthen the function of sanitary control of agriculture, livestock and fisheries. Applied to the reorganization of the Food Nutrition Safety Bureau is the dietary life trend. The Regional Food and Drug Administration reinforced their functions and structures by newly creating departments exclusively in charge of the on-site practices such as on-site inspections on the food and drug related fields.

The National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS), reinforced the personnel and its functions by linking the risk assessment of food and drug with the safety and efficacy evaluation of drug and medical device approvals to become a science-based leading institute.

The MFDS will place efforts for this government restructure to secure safety of the foods for the public and to settle in new food safety management system in a rapid manner. The MFDS will constantly monitor the implementation of the new organization structure for its improvement.
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