- All > Quality and Safety: Medicines > Quality Assurance
- All > Quality and Safety: Medicines > Regulatory Support
- All > WHO Prequalification of Medical Products > WHO-UNICEF-UN Project
- Keywords > national regulatory authority (NRA)
- Keywords > prequalification - immunization equipment and devices
- Keywords > prequalification - vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and medical devices
- Keywords > Prequalification of Medicines Programme - WHO
- Keywords > prequalification of vaccines
- Keywords > prequalification process
- Keywords > safety - vaccine
- Keywords > vaccines - standards
- Keywords > vaccines - supply and distribution - standards
(2014; 10 pages)
WHO supports Member States in providing safe, effective, high quality vaccines against diseases of public health importance. The WHO prequalification programme ascertains that products meet acceptable standards for use in national immunization programmes. Its activities are coupled with regulatory capacity-building to help develop sustainable mechanisms for vaccines quality assurance in Member States. WHO prequalification also facilitates international harmonization of vaccine production standards.
This article gives some background about this long-standing programme and outlines progress and challenges encountered in recent years.