(2007; 64 pages)
In 1981 the Ministry of Health formulated a national drug policy (NDP) based on the concept of essential medicines. The first component of the NDP to be implemented was the selection of a national list of essential drugs (NLED). Although the first NLED was selected in 1981 and first published in 1982 yet it was not officially adopted.
In 1985 a national workshop was convened in Khartoum in which the 1982 NLED was revised and updated and levels of use allocated, but again it was not officially adopted. In 1987 the NLED was revised by the Standing Committee for Drug Products Registration. The revised NLED was adopted by Ministerial Order No. 7 dated 15 October 1987 , printed in English and widely distributed- In November 1993 a national workshop was convened in Khartoum and revised 1987 NLED. The updated NLED was eventually adopted by Ministerial Order No. 4 dated 15 April 1995 printed in English (original) and Arabic and widely distributed .
In November 2001 a national workshop was convened in Khartoum and revised 1995 NLED. The updated list although not officially adopted, yet it was widely accepted and used. Eventually the NLED was updated by the Standing Committee for Drug Products Registration in May 2004 and its title was changed to the National List of Essential Medicines, using the word "medicine" instead of "drug" as adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is planned to be adopted by the Federal Ministry of Health, printed and widely distributed during the current year 2006.