USP is planning to extend its effort to help Africa better assure the quality and integrity of its pharmaceutical supply with a new USP training/laboratory center slated to be located in Ghana.
Providing context for the USP effort is an early-April FDA-commissioned report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that highlights weaknesses in the regulatory processes of countries in the sub-Saharan Africa region and points to how shortages of laboratory infrastructure encourage other gaps in regulatory systems and supply chain controls.
The new USP Sub-Saharan Africa Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) will serve the region with an integrated platform for training, education, consulting and laboratory capabilities, and will offer a systematic approach to the quality control of medicines.
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