(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- In a joint meeting with the presence of Mohammad Reza Shanesaz, Deputy Minister of Health and Head of the Food and Drug Administration, and Hamid Reza Momeni, advisor to the president and secretary of the Supreme Council of Free and Special Economic Zones, the latest issues related to food and medicine in the free trade-industrial zones were evaluated and examined.
Mohammad Reza Shanesaz, Deputy Minister of Health and Head of the Food and Drug Administration, stated that the administration will use the capabilities of free zones in the field of food and medicine to help develop the capacities of this sector for the benefit of locals and economic activists.
The Food and Drug Administration emphasizes cooperation and continuous interaction with the organizations of free trade-industrial zones, and in this regard, the laboratories of the free zones of the country, in particular, have good cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, he added.
Shanesaz also promised in this meeting that by increasing the cooperation capacity of the private sector, the licensing process will accelerate in order to support production, business economy.
Regarding the action of some free zones to import the Coronavirus vaccine, he said: The Food and Drug Administration has no objection to this, but obtaining the necessary permits from the Ministry of Health should be considered.
The Secretary of the Supreme Council of Free and Special Economic Zones said in the meeting that free zones are one of the tools to accelerate the work of the client and, necessary measures should be considered to facilitate this process, especially in the field of food and medicine.
The establishment of food and drug laboratories in free trade-industrial zones and the gradual equipping of laboratory equipment are a necessity and priority, he added.
Regarding the implementation processes of the new free zone law, Hamid Reza Momeni said: These zones will not start operating until the full implementation of their comprehensive plans.
With the cooperation and participation in the field of food and medicine, the free zones will gradually set up food and medicine laboratories, he added.
Given the legal capabilities and advantages that exist in the free zones, the opportunity to set up food and medicine laboratories can be used to develop business in these zones. In addition, this sector needs to employ specialized and capable manpower to be employed with the supervision and participation of free zone organizations and food and medicine, he noted.
Momeni also pointed to the recent action of Arvand, Kish, and Qeshm Free Trade-Industrial Zones organizations to import Coronavirus vaccine and said: This will be a significant help if the vaccine is approved and finalized, and will help boost the tourism industry, as one of the major sectors affected by the epidemic in the free zones is the tourism industry.