Ensuring Global Availability of Quality-assured Vaccines. (WHO Drug Information Vol. 28, No. 3, 2014)
(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.

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