New Alliance Urges Countries To Ratify Treaty On African Medicines Agency
Mutual Recognition Is A Key Aim Of Agency
Stakeholders are making a concerted effort to get the new agency off the ground, saying it will not only reduce drug approval times but help to drive industrial and economic growth in Africa. The European Medicines Agency is offering to share its experience in regulatory collaboration and network building.
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COVID-19 has highlighted the need for greater harmonization of medicines regulation to tackle health issues and emergencies more effectively in Africa. With that in mind, countries are being encouraged to speed up their ratification of a treaty setting up a new pan-African body tasked with coordinating national regulatory efforts, improving access to quality medicines and supporting the local pharmaceutical industry.