Prof. Alex Dodoo, been appointed as the Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo.
Professor Alex Dodoo until his appointment was an Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Ghana Medical School. He also served a two 2-year term (2008-2012) as President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, the professional organization for all 2500+ pharmacists in the country.
Prof Dodoo as an executive director at the Authority will oversee the agency’s responsibility to regulate standards in the country; to promote standardiation for the improvement of the quality of goods, services and sound management practice in industries and public institution in Ghana.
Prof. Dodoo holds a B.Pharm degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and MSc (Biopharmacy) and PhD degrees from Kings College London, University of London. Between the MSc and PhD, he undertook a year of research in neuro-pharmacology and neuroscience at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Prof. Dodoo has extensive experience and global recognition in drug regulation, pharmacy, pharmacovigilance, immunization and clinical pharmacology. He was President (2008-2012) of the Pharmacy Information Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and was also a member of the Board of Pharmacy Practice of FIP, the umbrella organisation for all pharmacists in the world. In 2009, Prof. Dodoo became the first African and the first non-European to be elected President of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP), a position he held till 2012.
He has served on several local and global boards and committees including the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, the CIOMS/WHO Working Group on Drug Development in Resource Poor Countries, the NIH Drug Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) for HIV/AIDS trials in Africa, the Safety Surveillance Working Group of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Enteric and Diarrhoeal Diseases Advisory Group of the same foundation. He also once served as the chairperson for Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority.
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