Monday, February 17, 2020 10:57 am
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) volunteered last year at the last meeting in Morocco to host the Third African Medicine Quality Forum (AMQF) meeting. The meeting will take place at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja from the 24th- – 28th February, 2020.
The AMQF was established in 2017 as a Technical Working Group of African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) that is jointly domiciled at AUDA-NEPAD and WHO, Geneva as joint secretariats. The goal is to build and strengthen the capacity of African countries in medicines quality control and regional post marketing surveillance which in turn, will contribute significantly to reducing sub-standard and falsified medical products in circulation in the African markets.
According to a statement signed by Prof Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, Director General, NAFDAC, “AMQF is expected to drive the harmonization of Quality Control (QC) standards and practices and, ultimately the mutual recognition of QC tests among African countries. It is a platform for a holistic continental quality control agenda that facilitates sharing of best practices, an advocacy platform to raise the national and international visibility of National Quality Control Laboratories ((NQCL)
“AMQF membership is open to heads of NQCLs from all African countries and formally reports to the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) Steering Committee.”
This meeting, according to her, will convene all members of the AMQF including its Technical Committee (TC), leadership from USP, AUDA-NEPAD, WHO, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Health Organizations (RHOs) as well as other partners and key stakeholders.
The meeting is sponsored by World Bank, NAFDAC, West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), AU-NEPAD, United States Pharmacopeia (USP) World Health Organisation (WHO) and manufacturers. The theme for this year’s meeting is “2020: PERFECT VISION FOR QUALITYOF MEDICINES IN AFRICA”.
Among the objectives of the Abuja meeting are:
NAFDAC advocates daily for quality of medicines in the nation’s supply chain through strengthening of our internal capacities, such as having quality control laboratories with modern equipment with trained personnel, strong post marketing surveillance, inspection of manufacturing facilities, and enforcement using international best practices.
NAFDAC looks forward to support and collaboration from all stakeholders in delivering safe and quality medicines,and all Nigerians towards a successful hosting of this continental meeting.
Adeyeye added: “I believe that at the end the meeting, the Heads of Quality Control Laboratories from the over 35 African countries would have achieved a clearer picture of the importance of the NQCLs and their convergence forcollaborative reliance at the regional and continental levels. This realizationwill ensure thatsubstandard, falsified and counterfeit drugs products will be reduced to a minimum.”