Review of the MQAS and Preparation of a Harmonized Assessment Tool for Procurement Agencies. Quality Assurance of Medicines. (WHO Drug Information Vol. 27, No. 4, 2013)
(2013; 14 pages)


In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) began development of the Model Quality Assurance System for Procurement Agencies (MQAS) which sets recommended standards for procurement agencies. In October 2005, following a consultative procedure, the MQAS guideline was adopted by the WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations (ECSPP) and published in 2006. Procurement agencies (PA) implementing the MQAS recommendations are routinely subject to assessment by customers — in many cases, using the PA's own assessment tools to evaluate the potential service supplier.

Due to the variety of standards used in assessment, the WHO-Global Fund Joint Stakeholders meeting held in 2011 identified a need to revise the MQAS and develop a harmonized assessment tool that could be utilized by all. The aim was:

  • To achieve a better use of resources.
  • To coordinate PA assessments.
  • To work towards mutual recognition of PA assessment findings.

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