Medicines regulator appeals to Treasury for more funding
The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has appealed to the Treasury for a bigger budget, warning that it cannot do its job effectively unless key vacancies are filled.
SAHPRA’s Treasury allocation for this financial year is 8% less than last year’s, falling from R159-m in 2020/2021 to R146-m in 2021/2022.
SAHPRA CEO Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela told Parliament it needs about 500 personnel and at the moment it has only 290. Significant investments were also required to continue digitising SAHPRA’s processes.