2015 Annual Report
To ensure the safety and quality of food products, medicine, and cosmetics as well as to achieve
preventive or early detection of potential product risks, TFDA runs risk management systems. It uses
risk assessment as the basis for formulating policies and management measures, and incorporates
risk management and crisis handling in its operations to reduce the impact of risks that do materialize.
Additionally, administrative policies are also be driven by advances in food and medicinal product
technologies. TFDA promotes various kinds of technological research and employing the results of
this research to provide the empirical basis for establishing first-rate food and drug policies as well as
technical specifications for innovative tests.
Section 1 Risk Assessment
Risk assessments play critical roles in the safety and risk management of food products, medicinal
products, and cosmetics. Investigations and reporting systems such as food dioxin inspections,
medicinal product quality inspections, and medical device and cosmetic adverse reaction reporting
systems are employed to build risk databases. Specialized or consultation team meetings
are convened in order to assess risk levels and propose risk management strategies such as
amendments to medicinal product package inserts, establishment of recall systems, and stipulation
of relevant laws. Post-market surveys shall then be used to assess overall benefits of these risk
management measures to ensure the health and safety of citizens in this country.
Policies and Outcomes
To make better control over risks as well as identify potential risk factors, various channels are employed
to collect information on food, medicinal products, medical devices, cosmetics and other fields within
the purview of TFDA, in order to build the database. The potential risk database was then be analyzed
and assessed by the consultation or relevant methods for the risk regulation, by means of it, preventive
and improvement measures for these risks are proposed. Additionally, to fortify the risk concepts and
sensitivity of our staff, the training programs are held regularly for better risk management.
1. Food Safety Risk Assessments
(1) Risk Identification and Data Collection
a. Establishment of the National Food Consumption Database and Risk Assessment Information
In 2014, TFDA continued to build upon the National Food Consumption Database established
in 2013 to collect, update and revise dietary information of citizens in the country. Food intake
calculation results were released on the National Food Consumption Database website for public
access and download. TFDA also provided raw data to those who need to perform exposure
assessments. Additionally, the electronic newsletters of the National Health Research Institute,
the Nutrition Society of Taiwan, and the Taiwan Dietitian Association to inform researchers of the
National Food Consumption Database.
Risk Assessment Management and