International Training Programme on Safeguarding Quality of Medicines in Resource Limited at IIHMR University




Safeguarding Quality of Medicines in Resource Limited


SEPT 19-23, 2016



The IIHMR University, Jaipur is an institution dedicated to improvement in standards of health through better management of health care and related programmes. It seeks to accomplish this through management education, training, research, consultation and institutional networking in a national and global perspective. IIHMR has been designated as WHO Collaborating Center for District Health Systems based on Primary Health Care. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has identified the IIHMR as an Institute of Excellence for training and capacity building.

Quality medicines are a major driver of attainment of health outcome both at the individual as well as at the regional and national level healthcare systems. Over the years the increased incidences of substandard, spurious, falsely labeled, falsified, or counterfeit medicines has become a matter of concern for the national regulatory authorities, international organizations and health programme implementers. The prevalence of poor quality medicines has serious consequences manifested by several unwanted outcomes such as increased morbidity, treatment failures, and increased incidences of antimicrobial resistance, which ultimately leads to diminished confidence of the people in the public health services. 
Protecting the public from the menace of poor quality medicines requires the presence of a robust mechanism and is a challenging and daunting task especially in the resource limited counties.
Lack of well established systems for addressing quality issues related to medicines may lead to non attainment of the healthcare goals and objectives; therefore, ensuring the quality of medicines becomes more important especially in context to the resource limited countries. Although many international forums have offered guidance to tackle the problem of poor quality medicines but many countries are struggling with the issue of effectively implementing the quality guidelines. This training program is intended to assist the countries with limited recourses to develop a framework which could ensure access to quality medicines.

The Specific objectives of the program are:-

• To provide technical guidance for establishing a robust quality assurance framework for ensuring good quality of medicines  in spite of  limited human and financial resources 
• To comprehend key concepts and principles pertaining to quality of medicines  
• To Underline the key issues and challenges affecting the quality of medicines in the existing healthcare systems and identifying the ways to mitigate the quality issues


  • Significance of quality assurance & quality control activities in ensuring quality of medicines  (Examples and case studies related to HIV, TB, Malaria, Antibiotic, Reproductive health commodities will be discussed) 
  • Three-tier testing approach-a cost effective approach to medicines quality monitoring 
  • Combating substandard & counterfeit medicines
  • Non invasive techniques and rapid detection techniques for determining drug quality
  • Maintaining product quality throughout the supply chain (special emphasis on Procurement, storage and distribution aspects )
  •  Importance of national medicine policy 
  • Complying with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in resource limited countries
  • WHO prequalification program
  • Role of Medicine Regulatory Authorities and Pharmacovigilance framework 
  • Ensuring quality of the donated medicines


  1. Personnel working in health programmes, health organizations , or national health system in the area of quality assurance of medicines    

  2. Government officials involved in national medicine regulatory bodies, policy making and national disease programs      

  3. Pharmacists, Medicine prescribers and dispensers, Clinical pharmacologists, Researchers, Chemists, Microbiologists,  academicians working in public health programs and industry

  4. Manufacturers, Importers and distributors  of pharmaceutical products    

  5. Procurement and supply chain professionals working in procurement, warehousing, and distribution of medicines      

  6. Donors, Nongovernmental organizations, and international humanitarian program implementers       

  7. Physicians and healthcare professionals from HIV, TB, Malaria areas