First Annual Meeting of South-east Asia Regulatory Network. New Delhi: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-east Asia; 2018
(2018; 87 pages)


The First Annual Meeting of South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) was organized in New Delhi, India, from 11 to 12 April 2017. The WHO South-East Asia Region Member States launched the South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) to enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of medical product regulatory practices across the Region to guarantee access to quality medical products.

The meeting was attended by 50 participants and technical experts from nine Member States of the Region.

The general objective of the meeting was to agree on overall strategy and working of the South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN).

The First Annual Meeting reviewed the work done by the Initial Steering Group (ISG). The ISG on 9 March 2017 identified four priority areas for SEARN. These areas are:

1. Quality assurance and standards of medical products, including labs by Thailand (Network of National Control Laboratories –NCL networks included)

2. Good regulatory practices including GMP, GDP etc. by Indonesia (include mapping activities, what exists in existing platforms)

3. Vigilance for medical products by India (activities for vigilance of medical products including medicines, vaccines, medical devices and diagnostics)

4. Information sharing platform by India (explore utilizing existing systems, explore use of social media tools, such as twitter for quick communications.

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