The Hub highlights the impact of technical requirements and standards on businesses within the East African Community (EAC) in a case study that examines how private sector pharmaceutical firms in Uganda are complying with regulations set by the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA). The study reveals that to access the Tanzanian market, medicines certified by the EAC Partner States’ institutions are subject to (i) lengthy, cumbersome and duplicative registration requirements; (ii) costly registration fees; (iii) discrimination (i.e. EAC products and manufacturers are not recognized as “domestic” in Tanzania Regulations); and (iv) a lack of recognition of their countries’ standards. These regulations impose costs upon businesses and impede the flow of goods across borders, detracting from the EAC's push for integration and violating the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. The study recommends that Tanzania eliminate its registration requirements and calls for further harmonization of drug registration policies and standards among EAC Partner States.
Impact of Technical Regulations on Intra-regional Trade: The Experience of Ugandan Pharmaceutical FirmsPublished on July 12, 2018
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