Ghana has attained highest regulatory system for medicines in Africa-WHO
London, May 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization says Ghana has attained highest levels of regulatory systems for medicines in Africa and second highest in the world.
WHO said the was possible after the West African country strengthened its medicines regulatory system to ensure safety, quality and effectiveness of medical products both manufactured at home and imported or distributed within the country
The Organization said Ghana has therefore attained “Maturity Level 3” – the second-highest in the four-tiered WHO classification of national medicines regulatory systems.
Ghana becomes the second country in the WHO African Region after Tanzania to attain regulatory system “Maturity Level 3”
Level 3 indicates that the system is well-functioning and integrates all required elements to guarantee its stable performance.
There are four levels of regulatory systems classification starting from Level 1, where only some elements of regulation exist, and up to Level 4 corresponding to the advanced regulatory system.
Evaluations of Ghana Food and Drugs Authority – the national regulatory body for medicines – were carried out in 2014, 2015 and 2019 through the WHO Global Benchmarking Tool.
“This is a milestone achievement. Strong national regulatory systems are critically important to ensure that when people seek treatment they receive effective medication and are safe from harm,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Access to health care is incomplete without guaranteed quality.”
“I believe this achievement will further catalyse other countries in Africa to invest in regulatory systems strengthening to ensure availability and access to quality assured, safe, effective and affordable medical products to their populations. It should also serve to promote confidence, trust and further reliance on authorities attaining this level of maturity,” said Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products.
Ghana and Tanzania are the only two of WHO African Region’s 47 countries to have attained a Level 3 ranking. Tanzania achieved the classification in November 2018. WHO is working with countries in the region to improve the performance of their national regulatory systems and facilitate comprehensive oversight of medical products.