EA states seek joint drug inspection
Posted Tuesday, September 24 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- The East African Community member states are to begin using harmonised technical standards for drugs inspection and medicines registration at the regional and national level by July 2014.
Speaking during a consultative meeting for EAC Harmonised Technical Documents for Medicines Regulation at Hotel Africana yesterday, Senior Health Officer Medicines and Foods safety Unit EAC Secretariat, Ms Jane Mashingia, said the programme is in line with the provisions of EAC Treaty Chapter 21, Article 118 on regional cooperation on health, EAC Common Market Protocol and Customs Union.
Purpose of the programme
Ms Mashingia said the EAC Medicine Regulation Harmonisation (MRH) programme seeks to improve public health through increased access to essential safe, efficacious and good quality medicines by harmonising medicines regulation scheme to be implemented by the six National Medicines Regulatory Authorities of the EAC Partner states
Ms Mashinge further explained that the EAC MRH Programme aims to address the concerns of lack of standardised approaches in medicines regulation, pointing out that lacking of standardisation results in cumbersome and non-transparent processes for medicines registration, creating uncertainty and high costs for the manufacturers registering medicines.
Head Drug Inspectorate Services at Uganda National Drug Authority, Ms Kate Kikule said that at the moment each EAC partner state applies and requires certain standards of inspecting drugs and registering medicines which varies from country to country.