June 2, 2013 | By Márcio Barra
Last Friday, March 31, a declaration was signed in Luanda that created FARMED – a Forum of Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) Drug Regulatory Agencies.
FARMED was created to try and regulate the pharmacy sector of the many African Countries who share Portuguese as their official language. It will serve a similar role as the European Heads of Medicines Agencies, acting as a hub for the many Portuguese speaking regulatory, stimulating the exchange of information. The statement released by Infarmed also mentioned that this network will promote actions to improve the access to medicines and health products and promote human development and well-being of the people of the Portuguese-speaking world.
INFARMED, the Portuguese national competent authority, will be the first president of this forum. The first meeting is said to be “soon”, but no specific date was given.
More on this as new details appear.