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The department undertakes tests and analysis on various products and samples for the purposes of quality, investigation and medical diagnoses.  There are four (4) laboratories under the department.

Drugs laboratory which undertakes analysis on drugs and related products.

Cosmetics Laboratory which undertakes chemical analysis on cosmetics and related products.

Forensic Laboratory which undertakes analysis on forensic samples including tissues and narcotics.

Histopathology laboratory which undertake tests on tissues and other samples for medical diagnoses.

  • Analgesics/antipyretics
  • Tranquilizers
  • Spasmolytics
  • Anti-histamines/Anti-allergics
  • Anti-hypertensive
  • Anti-bacterials/anti-fungals
  • Antiprotozoal Agents
  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-malarials
  • Antiseptics
  • Antibiotics
  • Antacids
  • Anti-diabetics
  • Ophthalmic Agents
  • Tonic/Appetite Stimulants
  • Tonic/Appetite Stimulants
  • Vitamins
  • Cough syrups
  • Infusions
  • Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
  • Pharmaceutical Raw Materials
  • Supplements
  • Contraceptives (Oral, Condom etc)
  • Stimulants
  • Other Pharmaceutical/Orthodox Drugs
  • Disinfectants
  • Veterinary Products/Drugs
  • Herbal Preparation
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Related Substances
  • Pharmaceutical Working Standards
  • Diapers
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Sanitary Towels
  • Cotton Wool
  • Gauze
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Plasters
  • BandagesAreas of analysis at the Drugs Laboratory include:

Areas of analysis at the Cosmetics Laboratory include:  

Liquid Detergent Skin Powder
Powdered Detergent Toothpaste
Laundry Soap Hair Oil
Toilet Soap Nail Polish/Remover
Medicated/Carbolic Soap PerfumesOil
Hair Relaxer Moisturizers
Shampoo (Hair) Hand Sanitizers
Setting Lotion Showers/Bath Gels
Conditioner (Hair) Skin Pomade/Creams
Hair Pomade/Creams

Areas of analysis at the Forensic Laboratory include:

  • Alcohol test in biological fluids (blood, urine etc.)
  • Common poisons in food and drinks
  • Common poisons in human tissues and fluids. (Liver, kidney, stomach contents, urine blood etc.)
  • Test for Heavy metals in biological tissues and fluids
  • Test for Heavy metals in food, drinks and other substances
  • Test for narcotic and psychotropic substances (Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis
  • Amphetamines, Pethidine, Benzodiazepines, Morphines, Barbiturates etc)
  • Test for narcotic and psychotropic drugs in urine, blood, other body fluids, food drinks and other suspected dozed substances.
  • Lithium levels in serum.
  • Receiving and sampling of suspected narcotic substances submitted by the Law Enforcement Agencies and quantification of concentration levels.

Sample sizes for analysis of drugs and cosmetics

Sample size for analysis of drug samples is determined by requirement in test methods used. Sample size is also determined after discussion with client based on client on client request.
Sample size for analysis of cosmetics samples varies with each product and how it is packaged.

The sample size for forensic toxicology samples are indicated below

Test Sample size
Postmortem samples for toxicology At least five (5) milliliters
Blood samples for alcohol levels: At least five (5) milliliters
Serum samples for lithium determination At least three (3) milliliters
Urine samples for Drugs and Alcohol Test At least fifty (50) milliliters
Urine samples for Heavy metals determination At least ten (10) milliliters
Food samples for toxicology: At least twenty (20) grams
Drinks/Beverages for toxicology and psychotropics At least fifty (50) milliliters

The Drugs Laboratory works with the under listed test methods

  • British Pharmacopoeia (BP)
  • U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP)
  • International Pharmacopoeia (IP)
  • ISO Test Methods
  • GS Test Methods
  • GS ISO Test Methods
  • Laboratory prepared and Validated Test Methods
  • Ghana Herbal Pharmacopoeia

The Cosmetics Laboratory works with the Ghana Standards (GS) and British Pharmacopoeia (BP)
The Forensic Laboratory works with Standard Test Methods (Clarke’s Analysis of Drugs
and Poisons) and Laboratory Validated Test Methods (In-house Validated Test Methods).