Ethiopia has signed the treaty of the African Medicines Agency (AMA). Dr. Lia Tadesse, Ethiopia's Minister of Health, has inked the treaty at the AU headquarters. Ethiopia is the 29th African Union member state to sign the treaty.
Upon signing of the treaty, Dr. Lia pointed out the AMA would complement national and regional efforts in developing a robust, predictable, and efficient regulatory system for medical products that have continental public health benefit.
Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Commissioner of AU Commission, for her part, remarked the establishment of AMA will help make sure there is a sustained medical provision across Africa. She also reiterated the importance of the platform to establish a strong regulatory framework and create a vigorous local medical industry in the continent.
Although the AMA came into force on 5 November 2021, the African Union Commission expects to have the establishment and operationalization of the agency in full progress by 2023.
The Agency sets out to establish a strong regulatory framework that encourages the expansion of local medical product development, ensures the quality of medicines made and sold in Africa, and enhances public and industry confidence in Africa’s pharmaceutical and health care systems.
Source (Including Image): Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ethiopia)