Introduction about FSQA

Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia is established by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2011 under the Office of The President. It is the sole National Competent Authority with powers of delegation mandated to officially control the safety and quality of all foods (including water and beverages) and animal feed whether locally produced, imported or destined for export.

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  • Requirement for registration and licensing of food business establishment


  • Requirements for Import/Labelling


    In accordance to the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2011

Guidelines for Importers

All importers of food and feed shall obtain a registration form from FSQA and submit a completed form. Importers of food will arrange for an inspection of the premises and facilities by FSQA. Based on the result of the inspection, FSQA will approve the issuance of a license / permit to operate a food business under specified conditions. For each consignment, licensed importers must submit to FSQA an Import Declaration form at least 21 days before arrival of foods. Upon arrival, importer will provide following documentations of the consignment for FSQA to take the necessary action for allowing entry of consignment.

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Guidelines for Exporters

All exporters of food and feed must obtain a registration form from FSQA and submit a completed form. Exporters must submit plans showing layout of their premises / establishments. Exporters will also submit a full HACCP plan including all the necessary pre-requisites to the FSQA for their consideration. If everything is in order, the establishment will be audited for approval. Once approved, the FSQA will issue the establishment with a unique approval number (for exports to the EU, approval number must appear on packaging and export documentation). The FSQA will then notify the relevant Competent Authority in the importing country that the exporter is approved

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