Indonesia to host first OIC meeting of heads of National Medicine Regulatory Authorities

Preparations are well underway for the hosting of the First Meeting of Heads of National Medicine Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs) from the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 21-22.

The OIC General Secretariat and the National Agency of Drug and Food Control of the Republic of Indonesia (BADAN POM RI) signed the Organizational and Technical Arrangements Agreement (OTA) for the first meeting on September 9 at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The agreement was signed in the presence of BADAN POM RI Chairperson Dr. Ir. Penny K. Lukito and OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan.

The NMRAs meeting, which will be the first of its kind to be organized by the OIC, aims to promote effective regulation in the member states in order to ensure that medicines used by people in the region are safe, efficacious and of good quality.

The meeting will also discuss the medicine regulation situation in OIC member states and identify strengths and weaknesses, priority problems and solutions. It will further create a platform for NMRAs from OIC member states to exchange views, experiences and best practices, in addition to discussing appropriate strategies to expedite self-reliance in the production and access of assured quality, safe, and efficacious medicines as well as vaccines.

Source: International Islamic News Agency