28-04-2017, Entebbe, Uganda: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today closed the First IGAD Committee Meeting on Information Management System and Medicines Assessment and Registration after ten days of intensive work which saw the finalization of recommendations by the Experts and the launch of a web site dedicated to serving as an information management tool for the IGAD Medicines Regulation and Harmonization (HRM) Program.

During a vote of thanks aimed at closing the meeting, it was noted that most objectives were achieved:

1.a platform on regulatory information sharing was established (http://mrh.igad.int/);

2.common products registered among the IGAD-National Medicines Regulation Authorities were uploaded into the web portal developed by the Management Information System experts;

3. Terms of Reference of Medicines Assessment and Registration Committee (MARC) by the assessment experts in the region was developed;

4. a draft workplan for the MARC was developed;

It was also agreed in the recommendations that the next meeting of experts will be held end of July 2017.

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