(2004; 45 pages)
Organization of the national formulary committee
The national formulary committee (NFC) makes final decisions on the purpose, structure, content and format of the NF. This group should be limited in size to enable effective functioning and should act with the endorsement of national policy-making bodies. If there is an established essential drug programme (EDP) in the country, then the existing multidisciplinary committee or a subcommittee of it can serve as the NFC.
If there is no EDP committee or any other national medicine or therapeutic committee then a NFC should be formed. This committee should include practising physicians, clinical pharmacists, pharmacologists and medical specialists. Asking professional bodies (national medical and pharmaceutical associations) to nominate representatives can lead to better acceptance of NF through widespread ownership. Care should also be taken to ensure that the group is balanced geographically, with representatives from all areas of the country.