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The Inspectorate Division carries out inspection activities to give assurance of the safety and quality of locally manufactured, imported and exported products. The Division also conducts market surveillance on imported High Risk Goods and products certified under the Product Certification Scheme of the Ghana Standards Authority
The inspection activities of the Division are carried out by three Departments, namely:

Destination Inspection

The Department conducts inspection of High Risk Goods imported into the country as part of the Destination Inspection Scheme, for which the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has been appointed as the Competent Authority by the Ministry of Trade and Industry since 2003. (High Risk Goods are goods that have serious health and safety implications on consumers and the environment)
The scheme requires all importers to register with GSA and comply with documented procedures for clearance. Importers registration form shall be completed and submitted at any GSA office or electronically.

High Risk Goods

The broad groupings of High Risk Goods include:

  • Food Products
  • Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Medical Devises and House Hold Chemicals
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Electrical products: bulbs, switches, socket, Cables, etc
  • Electronic products
  • LPG cylinders and accessories
  • Toys
  • Chemicals and Allied Products
  • Building Materials
  • Used Goods: Secondhand clothing
  • Petroleum Products
  • Pyrotechnic products
  • Motor Vehicle Batteries
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic products African Textile Prints
  • Vehicle Spare Parts Machetes and Cutlass
  • Building Materials
  • Used Goods: Secondhand clothing
  • Petroleum Products
  • Pyrotechnic products
  • Motor Vehicle Batteries
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic products African Textile Prints
  • Vehicle Spare Parts Machetes and Cutlass

Product Inspection

The Department has two Units; Food and Agriculture, and Engineering and Material Science.
The main activities of the Department include factory inspection, inspection of export consignment and market surveillance.
Factory inspection is conducted on behalf of the Product Certification Department as part of its certification activities.
Market surveillance activities are focused on products certified by the Authority, as well as products illegally bearing the Authority’s Certification Mark.
Export consignment inspection is conducted on goods destined for export. Exporters are required to register (registration form –link) with the Department and follow documented procedures.

Fish Control and Export Project Department

The country was listed, on 1 July, 1998, as one of the ‘Third Countries’ to export fish and fishery products to the Europe Union. The Ghana Standards Authority was also confirmed as the EU Competent Authority.
Exporters intending to export fish and fishery products to the EU and other countries must register with the Department by completing a registration form (link) and comply with the requirements of Fishery Products Regulations. The Fishery Products Regulations may be obtained from the GSA Library for a fee.

Activities of the Department

The activities span the whole value chain of the fishing industry and include;

  • Registration of exporters of fish and fishery product
  • Inspection and approval of fishing vessels  (freezer and trawler), fish processing plants, cold stores, ice making plants and landing sites

The Department inspects and approves the following fish and fishery products for export:

  • Canned fish
  • Smoked fish
  • Fresh and frozen fish
  • Salted and dried fish
  • Live lobsters
  • Fish Oil (Tuna)

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