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Transfer of Know-How and Team Work

The “Training African NDQCLs in quality assurance and quality management in the context of combating antimicrobial resistance, DQA” course developed in collaboration with our colleagues at the WHO conveys theoretical and practical know-how tailored to focus on needs and requirements of the specialist laboratory staff and NDQCLs in eight countries so far.

DQA targets NDQCLs and trains specialist laboratory staff from NDQCLs in the field of drug analysis to strengthen/advance capacity to monitor the quality of medicinal products. Within the project DQA, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices cooperates closely with the Institute for Pharmaceutical and Applied Analytics (InphA GmbH) in Bremen, Germany's largest official investigation laboratory (Official Medicines Control Laboratory - OMCL) for the federal states of Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein. The course covers structure and numerous elements of a quality assurance system required to address, meet and maintain (WHO and or ISO) pre/qualification requirements all the way to the acquisition of equipment, its installation, operation, regular inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting and, if required, repair. Participation in this long-term training programme will enable our African colleagues to transfer and apply the knowledge they have acquired upon return, to pass it on to their colleagues, and thereby advance overall operational capacities together with strengthening knowledge and understanding of quality assurance systems.