Ensuring the Quality of Medicines in Resource-Limited Countries: An Operational Guide

Publication date: 2013

Inventory of Tools for Maternal Health Supplies Prepared by Maternal Health Technical Reference Team, 2013 Information Sheet Ensuring the Quality of Medicines in Resource-Limited Countries: An Operational Guide Developer United States Pharmacopeia Drug Quality and Information Program and collaborators How to access the tool http://www.usp.org/sites/default/files/usp_pdf/EN/dqi/ensuringQualityOperationalGuid e.pdf Purpose This guide aims to provide practical advice that countries with limited resources may use to improve the quality of medicines in local markets and to ensure that medicines used in national priority disease programs are of good quality. With this information, program managers, donor organizations, and governments can confidently select, purchase, and distribute only high-quality medicines, even when limited by human and financial resources, weak infrastructures, and competing priorities. The tool includes an assessment questionnaire for medicine quality assurance programs and quality control systems. Audience This tool is may be used at the national level by country program managers, donors, and governments. Language English Keywords quality assurance, operational guide

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