The introduction of computer-assisted drug registration is a major undertaking and investment. The investment also involves training of staff. If staff leave the DRA, most of the effort put into their training is lost. Therefore, DRAs should try to ensure that critical staff are not lost to the private sector or other agencies. Some ways to retain staff may include opportunities for training, fair salaries, and establishing an appropriate level of status for the positions.
Several countries in Africa and Latin America have been successful in retaining qualified staff by providing incentives, such as training opportunities, and by ensuring that salaries are maintained at a level competitive with the private sector. This has been made possible by creating a regulatory authority that has a separate administrative set up, while remaining under the control of the Ministry of Health.