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Food and Drug Inspection


Any person, broker or business wishing to import, manufacture or sell food or drugs in Trinidad and Tobago must have them inspected and approved by the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division (CFDD) of the Ministry of Health.  The CFDD is the local regulation and standards monitoring agency that monitors all aspects of the importation, manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, fraud and deception in labelling and marketing, and disposal of food and drugs.  Inspection and approval must be sought prior to the importation, manufacture or sale of the particular food or drug.  This process ensures the quality, purity and safety of food and drugs imported or manufactured in Trinidad and Tobago.




Where can I have food or drugs inspected and approved?

You must visit the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division to have your product inspected and approved:

 

Chemistry Food and Drugs Division

Ministry of Health

92 Frederick Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 624-5968 or (868) 623-5242

Fax. (868) 623-2477

E-mail. cfdd@carib-link.net

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

 

Food and drug products that are to be shipped (imported or exported) and their respective shipping documents are examined at various out-stations.  Out-stations are located in Trinidad at the following locations:

 

Container Examination Station

Port of Port of Spain

Dock Road
Port of Spain

Trinidad
Tel. (868) 627-0917

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays
 

Container Examination Station

Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited (PLIPDECO)

Atlantic Avenue
Point Lisas, Couva

Trinidad
Tel. (868) 636-0836

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays
 

Piarco International Airport

Golden Grove Road

Piarco

Trinidad
Tel. (868) 669-4361

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays
 

Customs House, Nicholas Court (Documents only)

Corner Abercromby Street and Independence Square

Port of Spain

Trinidad
Tel. (868) 625-3311-9

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

 

Customs House, San Fernando (Documents only)

6-8 San Fernando Street

San Fernando

Trinidad
Tel. (868) 652-3421/4896

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

 

In the case of Meat or Dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables, approval must be sought prior to importation from the Ministry of Food Production.


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How does the food inspection and approval process work?

Applicants must take a draft label, sample of the product, certificate of analysis, and other documents and information as may be requested by the interviewer at the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division.  In the case of imports, you must take a certificate of origin of the product (showing in which country the product was manufactured), certificate of free sale (from country of origin), and certificate of health (from country of origin).  Applications can be made on a walk-in basis, with no need to make an appointment.  It takes anywhere from one day to two weeks to complete the inspection and approval process once all of the necessary documents are provided.  Please note that at times this process may be lengthened if the inspector determines that the product must be analysed by a locally accredited laboratory or the Government Chemist Laboratory.  It may be necessary to complete one or all of the following steps:

 

1.       Label examination of finished product (TT$30.00).

2.       Certificate for sanitation (TT$75.00).

3.       Certificate for export of goods (TT$75.00).

4.       Certificate for sale of goods in Trinidad and Tobago (TT$75.00).

5.       Certificate for destruction/disposal of goods (TT$100.00)

6.       Technical Advice (TT$50.00).

 

Please note that all fees are payable to any district revenue office or the Comptroller of Accounts. 

 

The Comptroller of Accounts

Treasury Building
Corner Independence Square and St. Vincent Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 623 2941-3

 

For a list of district revenue offices, please follow the link below.

District Revenue Offices

Drug Submission Application Form

Supplement to New Drug Submission Form

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How does the drug inspection and approval process work?

Drug inspections require applicants to make an appointment to meet the Secretary of the Drug Advisory Committee.  You can make an appointment by contacting the CFDD office by telephone at (868) 624-5968 or (868) 623-2834.  Applicants must take the following to the meeting:

  • A completed Drug Approval application form.  Please follow the link below to download an application form and the Summary of Requirements for New Drug Submission.  
  • Samples of the product.
  • Receipt of payment for the process.  The fee is TT$750.00 for new drugs, and TT$100.00 for drugs that are already on the local market, but have had some change to the label, manufacturing site, artwork design or other minor changes.
  • A certificate of origin of the drug (in the case of imported drugs).
  • A letter stating the name of the person or entity requesting the drug inspection and the name of the drug. 

The letter should be addressed to:

 

Secretary of the Drug Advisory Committee

Chemistry, Food and Drug Division

Ministry of Health

92 Frederick Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 624-5968 or (868) 623-2834
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays
 

Please note that the approval process can take as long as 120 days, and that each month there are various deadlines for new drug inspection and approval, as advised by the Inspector's office.

Drug Submission Application Form

Supplement to New Drug Submission Form

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Where can I find more information?

For additional information, please contact the CFDD.

 

Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division

Ministry of Health

92 Frederick Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 624-5968 or (868) 623-5242

Fax. (868) 623-2477
E-mail. cfdd@carib-link.net

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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