About the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division
The Mission of the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division (CFDD) is to:
- Ensure safe quality of an equitable standard for use by consumers of food, drugs, cosmetics and medical services;
- Ensure safety in use, the proper management and acceptable standards for pesticides and toxic chemicals;
- Provide technological and laboratory services in the areas of food, drug, cosmetics, medical devices, pesticides and toxic chemicals.
The Division is the body responsible for the administration of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations and the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act and Regulations. The CFDD is comprised of three main units:
Any person, broker or business wishing to import, manufacture or sell food or drugs in Trinidad and Tobago must have them inspected and approved by the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division (CFDD) of the Ministry of Health. The CFDD is the local regulatory and standards monitoring agency that monitors all aspects of the importation, manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, fraud and deception in labelling and marketing, and disposal of food and drugs. Inspection and approval must be sought prior to the importation, manufacture or sale of the particular food or drug. This process ensures the quality, purity and safety of food and drugs imported or manufactured in Trinidad and Tobago.
Locations and Contacts
The Administration and Inspectorates are located at #92 Frederick Street, Port of Spain. The Laboratories are located at #115 Frederick Street, Port of Spain and San Fernando General Hospital compound, San Fernando.
The telephone numbers for the Port of Spain Division are 623-2854, 624-5968, 623-5242 and the Laboratory 623-2476. The telephone contact for San Fernando is 652-3389.
Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division
Ministry of Health
92 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Tel. (868) 624-5968, 623-5242
Fax. (868) 623-2477
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
Involvement in Research
In addition, this Unit has conducted a number of research projects in various areas as Lead Poisoning, Asbestos, Sick Building Syndrome, Pesticides. Some of these projects were done in conjunction with other agencies as The Environmental Management Authority (EMA), The University of the West Indies (UWI), Caribbean Agricultural Research Institute (CARIRI). These papers can be obtained at the Unit which is located at #27 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, Telephone number is 623-5422.
Services of the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division
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