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Technical working groups (twg) develop regional guidelines in accra to harmonise medicines regulation in west africa

Date: 2018-05-08 13:33:00 ID: 1839

Accra, Ghana, May 3, 2018 – Group Picture with the Director General of WAHO.

The seven (7) Experts Working Groups (TWGs) set up under the aegis of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), in collaboration with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), with technical and financial support from their partners (World Bank, WHO, NEPAD, BMGF), are meeting in Accra, Ghana, from 30th April to 4th May 2018, to develop Guidance Guidelines, as part of the process of harmonising the registration of medicines in the West African region.

The manuals consist of guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality manuals for each of the seven domains and will ultimately make it possible to set up a single integrated management system for medicines regulation in all fifteen countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

This approach has been taken against the backdrop of the proliferation of counterfeit, falsified or substandard medicines in the West African region, led by ECOWAS, through WAHO and UEMOA, in collaboration with technical and financial partners. The objective therefore is to work towards the harmonisation of guidelines and procedures within the framework of the overall Medicines Registration Harmonisation in West Africa (WA-MRH) supported by the World Bank, to improve the availability of safe and quality medicines and vaccines in the ECOWAS pharmaceutical market by strengthening and harmonising drug regulation systems and improving efficiency and transparency in the registration of medicines and vaccines.

About forty experts from National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authorities, National Medicines Quality Control Laboratories, Universities and Research Institutes of ECOWAS Member States, as well as resource persons took part in this important meeting.

At the opening of the workshop, the Professional in charge of Essential Medicines and Vaccines at WAHO, Mrs. Sybil OSSEI AGYEMAN YEBOAH, on behalf of the Director General of WAHO, Professor Stanley OKOLO, recalled the objective of harmonising the regulation of medicines in the region, which is to facilitate the circulation and availability of quality, safe and effective medicines in the ECOWAS region, and invited the experts to engage in constructive and fruitful exchanges.

The Director General of the WAHO, Prof. Stanley Okolo, later joined the meeting on May 2 as well as the May 3, 2018 to encourage the Experts Working Groups to continue the work and assured them of the full support of WAHO, of the regional effort to harmonize policies, guidelines and guidances.

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Bulletins
épidemiologique

S18/2018