The government’s stated missions and goals form the rationale for its decisions to intervene in selected societal activities. It must therefore define the objectives of drug regulation. The majority of the countries under review stated “ensuring the safety, efficacy and quality of drugs available to the population” to be the main goal of government drug regulatory actions. Australia and Malaysia spell out their drug regulatory missions and objectives in terms of the government’s role of controlling functions related to medicines. The governments of both countries seek to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of drugs. Certain countries articulate additional objectives for regulation. Cyprus has an added element related to price. For Zimbabwe, “sustainable cost” is one of the goals of regulation. The mission of the National Drug Authority (NDA) of Uganda is even broader.
Missions of drug regulatory authorities of selected countries
"To develop and implement appropriate national policies and control for medicines, medical devices, chemicals and radiation." TGA Corporate Plan 1997/98-1999/2000
"Safeguarding the public health and interests by requiring the availability of safe, effective, good quality drugs that are rationally priced." Law No. 30 of 1980.
"The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau shall ensure the quality and safety of pharmaceutical products through the implementation of the relevant legislation by a competent workforce working together in strategic alliance towards improving the health of the people."
"To ensure availability at all times of essential, efficacious and cost effective drugs to the entire Ugandan population." National Drug Policy and Authority Statute, 1993.
"Ensuring the achievement of quality health services delivery to the public in a safe, accessible and effective manner through the control of the manufacture, distribution, storage, and dispensing of both human and animal medicines throughout Zimbabwe at a sustainable cost." Corporate Strategy and Plan 1999-2001.