Korea and Indonesia Sign MOU on Safety and Quality Standards

Korea’s Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) and Indonesia’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control (NADFC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on safety and quality standards.  This is the first inter-country MOU signed by the Indonesian NADFC.

Prior to this MOU, the KFDA and NADFC have never cooperated before.  Under the MOU, the two agencies will cooperate in the areas of food, drugs, traditional medicine, cosmetics and food supplements.  The two agencies will take deliberate steps to enhance the safety of imported food and drugs in a collaborative manner.

The MOU will promote greater information sharing between the two regulatory bodies.  The KFDA and NADFC hope to exchange information on laws, regulations and the relevant standards as well as other information related to supervision.  Both regulatory parties also hope to conduct joint training and joint inspections.  These efforts will allow the KFDA and NADFC to improve public health in their respective countries.

For foreign medical companies, the MOU will also reduce the barriers of entry and increase bilateral trade between the two countries.