REGULATORY INSPECTION OF PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION CHAINS
To enhance the capacity, knowledge and skills of regulatory authorities in inspection practices through pharmaceutical distribution chains, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with its Promoting the Quality of Medicines program and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) have funded and initiated the Regulatory Inspection of Pharmaceutical Distribution Chains training workshop for Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
This workshop provides a structured mechanism for inspectors to maintain and consistently apply the required competencies in their inspection practices. Furthermore, it promotes cooperation between countries in their inspection activities to better support bilateral and regional effort in combating spurious, substandard, falsely labelled, falsified and counterfeit pharmaceutical products. Maximizing compliance with clear and legitimate government regulations by detecting and deterring non-compliance consistently and fairly; minimizing uncertainty and regulatory risks for businesses by operating transparently under the rule of law; fighting corruption by reducing the opportunity for abuse of discretionary powers; and minimizing costs to businesses and optimize costs to governments by using resources efficiently to target the highest risks are the recommendations of the workshop to have an effective, with quality and responsive regulatory inspectorate.
Most of the topics discussed and experiences from the different participating countries are useful and relevant and these can be adopted as a guide/reference for further improvement, development and advancement of the regional inspectorate likewise of the FDA Philippines.