National Pharmacovigilance Centre (NPC), Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) in collaboration with Islamabad Pharmacovigilance Centre and Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad conducted a one-day pharmacovigilance training session on 19th of May, 2022. Director and Deputy Director Pharmacy Services Division, Team Lead Vigilance and Focal Persons of National Pharmacovigilance Centre and Islamabad Pharmacovigilance Centre attended the training session.
Pharmacovigilance focal persons of public and private sector hospitals of Islamabad were trained on ADRs reporting as per Pharmacovigilance Rules, 2022. Hands-on training on collecting and filling in ADRs reporting forms and subsequent causality assessment was provided to the participants. The training was concluded with the hope of arranging further such sessions in the future.
Mr. Asim Rauf, CEO DRAP met with WHO Country Representative for Pakistan, Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala on Monday 25th April, 2022 at WHO Country Office, Islamabad, to discuss the bilateral cooperation among WHO and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan.
Dr. Mahipala appreciated the efforts of DRAP and Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination for strengthening the national regulatory framework to ensure and enhance the access of quality assured, safe and efficacious therapeutic goods in the country for better health of the people of Pakistan. Mr. Asim Rauf, acknowledged the role of WHO and country office’ team for extending assistance in various health programs which are improving the access of Pakistani citizen to quality assured therapeutic goods.
The meeting ended with the reiteration of the commitment from WHO and DRAP for strengthening the bilateral cooperation and to take all possible measure for protecting the health of the people of Pakistan.
Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is continuously engaged in strengthening national regulatory framework in collaboration with all stakeholders. In this context, a meeting of regulators was convened on 1st April, 2022 at Islamabad to review the all cross cutting regulatory functions. Senior managements from Drug Control Organizations, Quality Control Boards and Drug Testing Laboratories participated in the meeting.
In line with the vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan, and to facilitate the therapeutic goods’ industry for ease of business and provision of conducive environment for compliance to regulatory requirement, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has introduced an electronic application management system which will enable applicants and regulators to communicate electronically for management of import and export information of therapeutic goods. Online Import / Export Application System (OIES) is accessible through the official website of DRAP under E-Services. A guidance document on operational features of the online Import / Export Application System is also available to assist applicants for submission of information. This system will also enable applicants to view / maintain all submissions related to import & export to DRAP through an individualized dashboard for each user.