Essential medicines and health products

Medicines quality assurance

Quality assurance 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 major areas: development, quality control, production, distribution, and inspections.

The Medicines Quality Assurance Programme, contributes to public health by enabling quality medicines to reach patients through:
developing norms, standards and guidelines for quality assurance
developing The International Pharmacopoeia
establishing International Chemical Reference Substances (ICRS)
collaborating with numerous stakeholders
providing country support

Current projects


The following list of items represents the work that is currently underway within the Quality Assurance team.