(2003; 148 pages)
Annex 8 Procedure for assessing the acceptability, in principle, of pharmaceutical products for purchase by United Nations agencies
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WHO Technical Report Series, No. 908, 2003
WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and several other UN organizations are involved in the procurement of drugs. Without a documented quality system in place, organizations could risk sourcing sub-standard, counterfeit and/or contaminated medicines, leading to product complaints and product recalls, waste of money, and most seriously, health risks to patients.
WHO is currently undertaking a pilot project which will be used as a model for sourcing pharmaceuticals for other priority diseases. WHO will draft a model quality assessment system for procurement organizations through continued liaison with the relevant organizations.
This general procedure for the assessing the acceptability, in principle, of pharmaceutical products for purchase by United Nations agencies is considered to form the basis of the quality assessment system for procurement of pharmaceuticals.