Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Unfit Medicines and Cosmetic Products. First Edition, April 2009. (Made Under Section 99 of the Tanzania Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 2003)
(2009; 18 pages)


The Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) was established under the Tanzania Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act 2003 to provide for comprehensive regulation of all matters related to quality, safety and effectiveness of food, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices. In order to achieve this mission various measures are required to be put in place including having proper means or strategies of managing unfit medicines and cosmetic products.

TFDA has developed these guidelines to provide guidance to medicines and cosmetics dealers on how to dispose off medicines and cosmetic products safely. The guidelines have been developed in line with the current development in science and technology of medicines and cosmetics formulations based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals in and after emergencies.

The guidelines is divided into four sections which define unfit medicines and cosmetics products and gives guidance on handling of unfit medicines and cosmetic products at a facility, procedure for application for disposal of unfit medicines and cosmetic products and the actual destruction exercise. The last part contains annexes which provide formats of application form, verification form, disposal methods, disposal form and disposal certificate.

The Authority anticipates that good implementation of these guidelines shall help to prevent unnecessary accumulation of unfit medicines and cosmetic products on the market.

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