Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening

Pharmaceutical systems strengthening topics address areas related to strengthening country systems to ensure access to safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential medical products and to related services that promote their appropriate use. This includes a 101 overview of pharmaceutical systems strengthening and an in-depth look at strengthening country medical product quality assurance systems, combating antimicrobial resistance, governance in the pharmaceutical sector, and logistics for health commodities. Another free, 11 module, online course called Foundations of Good Manufacturing Practices is also available here.

PQM+ developed two free e-Learning courses offered through the USP Education platform - 1) Foundations of Good Manufacturing Practices and 2) Medical Devices and Classifications: Focus on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health. Medical Devices and Classifications: Focus on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health is a free, self-paced introductory course developed for program and technical staff who wish to acquire an overview of the regulation of medical devices, with a focus on devices for maternal, neonatal and child health in LMIC settings. This interactive course demystifies the often-complex field of medical device regulation and quality assurance and makes it easy and fun to acquire a foundational understanding of 1) medical devices; 2) international standards for medical devices; and 3) quality assurance for medical devices. Foundations of Good Manufacturing Practices is a free online course that explains Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements. GMP ensure the quality and safety of medical products around the world. This 11-module course gives an overview of essential GMP requirements and principles, such as WHO and Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PIC/S) standards. Each module takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. This course is designed for anyone who works in medical products production and quality assurance, including manufacturers and regulatory authorities.