Ethiopia to introduce good manufacturing roadmap for pharmaceuticals

Addis Ababa, 5 November 2013 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Food, Medicine & Healthcare Administration and Control Authority is making final preparations to introduce Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) roadmap. GMP is a system for ensuring that pharmaceutical products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards and thereby minimize the risks involved throught testiting the final product.

Samson Abraham, the authority’s public relations and communications director, said the roadmap is expected to be implemented ‘very soon’.

He said industry stakeholders have deliberated on the issue. “Ensuring pharmaceutical companies in the country compete in the international market by producing standard products is one priority area of the authority,” Samson said. “By implementing the roadmap, we hope to enable these companies compete in the international market.” He said the authority has conducted supervision works of good manufacturing practice in 26 pharmaceutical factories and small and micro medical device manufacturing companies.

GMP covers all aspects of production from the starting materials, premises and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff.