National Food and Drug Authority

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National Food and Drug Authority (NFDA)
Industry Food and drug regulation and supervision
Founded 1994
Headquarters 46-48 Lumumba Avenue, Kampala, Uganda
Key people
Samuel Zaramba,
Donna Kusemererwa,
executive director[1]
Products Pharmaceutical licenses, food and drug regulation
Website Homepage

The National Food and Drug Authority (NFDA) is a government-owned organisation in Uganda, mandated to regulate food and drugs in the country, including their manufacture, importation, distribution, and licensing.[2]


NFDA was created by the Ugandan legislature in 1993. It began operations in 1994 as the National Drug Authority (NDA).[3] At that time, the mission of the NDA was to regulate the manufacture, importation, and use of human and veterinary drugs in the country. In 2014, the Ugandan Cabinet approved plans to expand the NDA into the NFDA by adding food, food additives, food supplements, cosmetics, and commercial animal feeds to the items under the organization's supervision. The relevant laws transforming NDA into NFDA are before the Ugandan Parliament for promulgation.[4]


The headquarters of the NFDA are located at 46-48 Lumumba Avenue, in Kampala Central Division, on Nakasero Hill, in the central business district of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. The coordinates of the head office are 0°19'36.0"N, 32°34'32.0"E (Latitude:0.326667; Longitude:32.575556).[5]

NFDA maintains regional offices at the following locations:[6]

The agency works in collaboration with the Uganda Ministry of Health, the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and the Uganda Ministry of Industry and Trade.[citation needed]


As far back as 2010, elements of the Uganda government recognized the need to regulate food manufacture, importation, labeling, distribution, and marketing to reduce food and water-borne diseases in the country as well as to ensure food safety. Efforts to assign the regulatory function to the then existing NDA began then.[7][8]


The agency is governed by a five-person member board, which serves for a four-year renewable term. The current board's term runs from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2018. Its members include the following individuals:[9]

  1. Gersom Gunyalli Onyango - chairman
  2. Grace Tubwita
  3. Maggie Kigozi
  4. Stephen Bagonzya Mugumya
  5. Dickson Longoya Council

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nyangoma, Beatrice (6 January 2016). "Pharmacist Donna Kusemererwa Named NDA Executive Director". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Ghana News Agency (3 October 2013). "Uganda To Under Study FDA". Government of Ghana (Ghana.Gov.Gh). Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Newvision, Supplement (January 2014). "National Drug Authority: Celebrating 20 Years of Service In the Drug Sector". New Vision Mobile. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Walusimbi, Deo (23 July 2014). "Uganda: NDA Gets New Name". The Observer (Uganda) via Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Google, Maps (July 2014). "Location of National Food and Drug Authority Headquarters At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ NFDA (2014). "National Food and Drug Authority Contacts". National Food and Drug Authority (NFDA). Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Ariko, Charles (6 May 2010). "NDA To Take On Food Monitoring". New Vision. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Barungi, Julian (8 December 2010). "Time To Review Food Safety Measures In Uganda". Daily Monitor Mobile. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Yasiin Mugerwa, and Richard Wanambwa (20 July 2014). "Government Expands NDA With Wider Powers". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°19′36″N 32°34′32″E / 0.32667°N 32.57556°E / 0.32667; 32.57556