New Delhi, November 27, 2018: (ACN Newswire) – The heads of National Medicines Authorities (NMRA) from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced the Jakarta Declaration during their first meeting, held here November 21-22. The declaration contains, among others, efforts to harmonize standards of vaccine and self-reliance in medicines, and intensify cooperation between OIC NMRA members.
The declaration emphasizes enhanced health levels and the well being of member communities with self-reliance on the production and assured access to safe and efficacious medicines and vaccine, and increased production capacity through innovation and the development of domestic medicine and vaccine industries.
“The Jakarta Declaration is the commitment from OIC NMRAs to work together, towards the Action Plan and its various programs fostering self-reliance. With the diversity of conditions in the OIC, it is our duty to help each other in improving the capacity of regulators and the pharma industries to strengthen aspects of access to safe, quality medicines and vaccines,” said Penny K. Lukito, Head of Indonesia’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM).
“We are thankful to all participants in the meeting, and the collaboration between OIC Member States. The Jakarta Declaration and Action Plan to promote collaboration are proof of unity and solidarity between the OIC Member State NMRAs towards self-sustaining health developments,” she said.
The meeting addressed various issues surrounding medicines and vaccines, including regulatory status and role of regulatory authorities in ensuring drug quality and availability, efforts at the harmonization of medicine and vaccine standards towards achieving self-reliance, experiences from members regarding halal medicines and vaccines, and NMRA role in the control of counterfeit medicines and vaccines.
The members agreed to improve cooperation between NMRAs through greater exchange of information and increasing the capacity of human resources to strengthen detection, prevention, and response towards counterfeit and substandard medicines and vaccines, adopting an ‘OIC Action Plan to promote collaboration among OIC NMRAs for self-reliance in Medicines and Vaccines’.
The membership was also in support of a BPOM suggestion to form a steering committee and working groups which would further discuss the central issues of halal medicine and standards for harmonization.
Then after 2 days of discussions, passage of the Jakarta Declaration, which noted with concern that many countries, including OIC Member States, have insufficient or no pharma manufacturing capabilities, or a local industry which produces but a fraction of demand, so heavy reliance on imports and medicinal aid.
Corporate Comm India(CCI NewsWire)