Essential medicines and health products

About Quality Assurance

This section provides information about WHO quality assurance activities in the area of medicines norm, standards and guidelines.
Quality assurance (QA) is a wide-ranging concept covering all matters that individually or collectively influence the quality of a product. With regard to pharmaceuticals, quality assurance can be divided into four major areas: quality control, production, distribution, and inspections. The development of norms, standards and guidelines to promote quality assurance is an integral part of WHO’s Constitution and has been endorsed and supported through numerous World Health Assembly resolutions.