Essential medicines and health products

Good Governance for Medicines Approach

A three-step approach gives a framework to the project but how these steps are applied can be adapted to suit the specific country situation.

The assessment will be carried out using the WHO standardized assessment instrument which focuses on central functions of the pharmaceutical regulation and supply systems.

Assessing transparency and potential vulnerability to corruption is not an end in itself. Following the national assessment, the basic components of the GGM programme will be defined through a nationwide consultation process with key stakeholders and based on experience accumulated in various countries. These components can include: an ethical framework and code of conduct, regulations and administrative procedures, collaboration mechanisms with other good governance and anti-corruption initiatives, whistle-blowing mechanisms, sanctions for reprehensible acts and a GGM implementing task force.

At the heart of establishing and promoting a national GGM programme is a fully-integrated institutional learning process, facilitating the application of new administrative procedures for increased transparency/accountability and the development of leadership capabilities.

Summary of implementation

Key tools