During the Ministry of Health’s virtual Press Conference on Wednesday (12th January 2022), Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh outlined the process for the importation of Rapid Antigen or Antibody Test Kits into Trinidad and Tobago.
Following reports that local pharmacies are already selling these Test Kits, Minister Deyalsingh clarified on Wednesday that approval was given two (2) weeks ago by the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division.
According to the Ministry, prior to importing these Test Kits, an application for a ‘No Objection’ letter along with supporting documents must first be submitted to the Division. The application will subsequently be processed to determine compliance with the Food and Drugs Act, following which the applicant will be notified as to whether their application has been approved or rejected.
The Ministry notes that a ‘No Objection’ status can be amended in the future based on new data and information arising with respect to the safety or quality of the Test Kit. Also of importance to note, is that if a Test Kit is imported without the relevant approvals, the individual may be liable to a fine and/or imprisonment under the Food and Drugs Act.
[Source: TTT Live Online]
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