MCAZ signs MoU with South African Health Products Regulatory Authority


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The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

The MoU between MCAZ and SAHPRA will allow the regulators to develop a cooperative partnership towards ensuring access to safe, quality, and effective health products in the respective countries.

Areas of Cooperation 
MCAZ and SAHPRA will cooperate in joint product reviews and inspections to enable efficient access to health products. This partnership will also focus on the detection and curbing of substandard and falsified health products moving between the two countries, which has of late been a major challenge that the two regulators have identified.

“This landmark event marks a significant step towards strengthening the regulatory frameworks of both Zimbabwe and South Africa in the pharmaceutical sector. The MoU is designed to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between the two countries in the areas of medicines regulation, quality control, and pharmacovigilance”, shares MCAZ Director-General, Mr Richard Rukwata.

“The forging of partnerships such as this MoU with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe, a fellow African National Regulatory Authority, is key to further enhancing and building capacity on the continent”, indicates SAHPRA CEO, Dr. Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela.