(MENAFN - Arab News) Saleh al-tayyar deputy president of the saudi food and drug authority (sfda) for the medical devices sector has revealed that the authority destroyed illegal equipment valued to be worth sr260 million found in the saudi ports.
al-tayyar made the statement on the sidelines of a workshop organized by his department on sunday at the marriot hotel in riyadh.
around 649 liaison officers in government and private hospitals participated in the workshop which aimed to discuss means to resolve the issue of expired medical equipment entering the saudi market.
the official told local media that his department has recently demolished millions of devices and health supplies including sterilizers health kits and other products.
'we have also seized expired equipment stored in wareouses under unhealthy conditions and high temperatures" he added.
al-tayyar indicated that the department arrested individuals who were found guilty of tampering with the validity dates of some medical products. they were brought to the bureau of investigation and prosecution he added and fined sr100000 each.
the official pointed out that routine inspection tours are performed on manufacturing and import companies to ensure health regulations are maintained.
'our engineers examine storage conditions and ensure products are valid and safe for consumption" he said.
the official explained that the department of medical devices at the sfda organized the workshop in order to establish better communication channels with hospitals in order to cooperate and resolve issues of common interest.