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Annual Report 2002 - Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy: Supporting Countries to Close the Access Gap
(2003; 20 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentDeveloping a monitoring culture to improve impact
View the documentTraditional and complementary medicine: putting policy into action
View the documentKey country support in Africa and Eastern Mediterranean
View the documentWHO Collaborating Centres: supplying active support for medicines work
View the documentHow is TRIPS affecting access to medicines?
View the documentDevelopment of the essential drugs concept over the past 25 years
View the documentMeasuring access to antimalarials
View the documentStrengthening regional and national bulk procurement
View the documentLearning from successful supply systems
View the documentWorking out the cost of medicines
View the documentSupporting MDG target on access to essential medicines
View the documentCommon guideline for evaluating new medicines in Baltic countries
View the documentNGO toolkit for improving access to HIV/AIDS treatment
View the documentHarmonizing medicines regulation in the Americas
View the documentGood manufacturing practice in China: rapid progress
View the documentPharmacovigilance: detecting and reporting adverse drug reactions
View the documentVariations in prescribing information in 26 countries
View the document10th ICDRA: an international basis for medicines regulation
View the documentFighting poor-quality drugs
View the documentImproving medicines use in hospitals in Cambodia and Lao PDR
View the documentWHO-India Essential Drugs Programme: multiplying impact
View the documentOman: improving antibiotic use in primary health care

10th ICDRA: an international basis for medicines regulation

The International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities (ICDRA) was set up by WHO to develop international consensus on medicines regulation issues. Given new regulation issues brought about by globalization and development of free markets, and increased regulatory responsibilities - for instance, in relation to the introduction of innovative treatments - such a forum is essential.

The 10th ICDRA (see: http://www.who.int/medicines/organization/qsm/activities/drugregul/icdra.shtml) took place in June in Hong Kong and was marked by recognition that access to medicines is a global and shared issue, commitment to improving medicines quality in developing countries, and concern regarding how to ensure the safety of traditional and complementary medicines. Recommendations were made on: access to drugs and vaccines; regulatory reform; medicines safety; regulation of clinical trials; harmonization; combating counterfeiting; herbal medicines; homeopathy; new technologies and e-commerce. The recommendations are now serving as a basis for action on medicines regulation by WHO Member States and WHO.

A pre-ICDRA workshop entitled, The Impact of Regulation on the Safe Use of Drugs, provided a venue for drug regulatory authority staff to discuss new trends in medicines safety and to prioritize issues for discussion and recommendations during the ICDRA sessions.


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