OIC, Saudi Food and Drug Authority launch series of capacity building workshops

OIC, Saudi Food and Drug Authority launch series of capacity building workshops

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in cooperation with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), launched a series of training workshops for the OIC Member States on medical devices regulation and pharmacovigilance.

As part of the training series, a workshop on basic pharmacovigilance is scheduled to take place on 9 March 2021 and another workshop on advanced pharmacovigilance will be held on 22-23 March 2020.

The training series was launched on 3 March 2021 by a two-day workshop on Medical Devices’ Regulation. The initial workshop brought together officials from National Medicines Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs); Pharmaceutical companies, researchers, scientists and medical device manufacturers from across the OIC Member States.

SFDA Vice President for Medical Devices Sector Eng. Ali AlDalaan, who presided over the inaugural session, emphasized the need for collaboration among OIC Member States in the face of the enormous challenges posed by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and other health challenges.

The workshop was also addressed by OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Science & Technology Ambassador Askar Mussinov, who hailed SFDA for availing the opportunity to share knowledge on medical device regulation and appealed to participants to use the workshop to acquire as much knowledge and skills as they could.

The training is aimed at promoting knowledge and expertise sharing and transfer among National Medicine Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in accordance with the two-year Action Plan on Promotion of Collaboration among the NMRAs adopted by the First Meeting of the Heads of NMRAs from OIC Member States held in Jakarta, the Republic of Indonesia on 21-22 November 2018.

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