Law to Strengthen BPOM under Draft and Discussion
House Commission IX to visit Washington to learn from US Food and Drug Administration
By Christ Ponderosa
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The House of Representatives (DPR) is drafting a law aimed at strengthening the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM).
The proposed draft law provides a stronger legal basis to enable BPOM to conduct oversight activities that cover not only preventive measures – such as conducting surprise inspections –but also the investigation and enforcement of violations of drug and food regulations, including the administration of sanctions.
Currently, investigation and enforcement activities are under the authority of the police and the courts. BPOM and House Commission IX (demography, health, manpower, and transmigration affairs) hope that the draft law can provide a solution that enhances interagency collaboration, especially with regards to enforcement. A vocal supporter of this draft is Irma Suryani Chaniago, a member of Commission IX. Since drafting a law involves lengthy discussions beforehand, Irma hopes that President Joko Widodo will first issue a presidential regulation.
It is not clear when the draft law will be enacted. It is our understanding that to date neither the draft law nor the presidential regulation have been issued. The proposed draft law is still under discussion, and, as part of the process, a team from Commission IX will be visiting Washington, DC to draw lessons from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).