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Authority Activities


The goal of this sector is to ensure safety and security of food and feed, safety and security of pesticides and ease commercial traffic flow while maintaining safety of food and reinforcement of consumers and clients confidence in food control authority.


The goal of this sector is to ensure safety, security, quality and efficacy of drugs and issue licenses for drug marketing. Ensure safety of medical plants, health and herbal products. Conduct quality checks on drugs in the market and post - marketing of drugs. Ensure safety of cosmetic products and provide drug information from trusted source to the public or healthcare providers who need such information.

Medical Equipment

The goal of this sector is to establish regulations and procedures for registration of medical devices and products and associated tools. Ensure safety, quality and efficiency (of medical devices and products, laboratory materials and supplies, medical glasses, contact lens and associated solutions and electronic products and to avoid their adverse impact on human health). Verify safety and accuracy of medical and diagnostic devices calibration. Build comprehensive database for medical devices and products manufacturers and suppliers. Build necessary laboratories and physical testing locations for testing medical devices and products. Monitor medical devices and products, laboratory materials, medical glasses, contact lens and associated solutions during marketing process to ensure they are stored properly according to SFDA conditions. Post marketing tracking of medical devices and laboratory materials, and during use, to ensure safe performance. Ensure that medical devices and products suppliers and distributors perform their duties according to SFDA conditions.


The National Drug and Cosmetics Control Laboratory (NDCCL) is the official control laboratory in Saudi Arabia, which belongs to the executive management of laboratories in researches and laboratories sector in Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA). The NDCCL is responsible for the analysis of imported or locally manufactured medicines (human and veterinary), biological, herbal and cosmetic products according to the standards of USP, European pharmacopoeia and WHO guidelines as well as the authority’s national standards in order to insure their safety and efficacy. The NDCCL is an accredited lab by ISO/IEC 17025:2017, and has various resources to perform its activities confidently, and impartially.