Global health ethics

Good governance in medicines

A nurse accesses medicines in a cabinet at the National Hospital of Endocrinology in Hanoi, Vietnam.
WHO/Quinn Mattingly


Good governance in the pharmaceutical sector includes measures to ensure a transparent process of drug procurement, drug control, rational drug use and access to medicines in an equitable manner to all sections of the community. Integrity and ethical governance measures are essential for effective health care delivery in a health system.
For a number of years, the Global Health Ethics Unit has been supporting the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products in the development of the Good Governance for Medicine (GGM) framework.