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3rd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa, in Accra, Ghana

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Fight the Fakes partner International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) is participating in the 3rd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa, taking place in Accra, Ghana on November 27th – 30th. Organized with other organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the NEPAD Agency and the African Union Commission (AUC), this year’s conference will look into “sustaining the momentum” for regulatory harmonization in Africa.

Programmes such as the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) initiative, have fostered a continental harmonization of medicines registration systems, to help secure the drugs authorization process and prevent falsified and substandard medicines from entering the African market. But further steps are needed to ensure access to safe and high-quality medicines.

Participants at the conference will assess the progress made so far in building stronger medical regulatory institutions in those countries, and will discuss how to move forward and tackle the prevalence of falsified medicines in those countries.

 

More information and the full programme are available here.

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