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MINISTER APPOINTS NEW BOARD OF THE SA HEALTH PRODUCTS REGULATORY AUTHORITY

MEDIA RELEASE

20 OCTOBER 2017

 

MINISTER APPOINTS NEW BOARD OF THE SA HEALTH PRODUCTS REGULATORY AUTHORITY

 

The new board of the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has been appointed by the Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, which sets in motion the replacement of the Medicines Control Council (MCC).

 

Erik Roos, CEO of leading generics firm, Pharma Dynamics says the 15-member board appointment of SAHPRA takes the country one step closer to the efficient processing of medicine registrations, which is good news for the pharmaceutical industry and consumers alike.

 

“SAHPRA could usher in a new and much more effective era for the local pharmaceutical sector as the MCC has struggled to cope with the volume of applications for new medicines and clinical trials. Registering new products with the MCC has taken an average three to five years and in some cases have exceeded seven years.”

 

“The new regulator aims to streamline processes to effectively deal with the backlog of registrations and to fast-track the approval of essential medicines. The hope is that the future registration process will be completed within 18 months, which is a major improvement,” says Roos.

 

Concerns have been raised that the faster approval process might impact on the quality of medication, but SAHPRA reassures that safety and efficacy of medicine won’t be sacrificed.

 

Following the appointment of a CEO, the new body will officially take over from the MCC.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by Meropa Communications on behalf of Pharma Dynamics. For further information contact Brigitte Taim from Meropa on 021 448 7407, 082 410 8960 or brigittet@meropa.co.za.