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

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