Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+)

Producing quality medical devices closer to patients in South Asia

Protecting patients from poor quality medical devices in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and beyond requires strong manufacturing and regulatory systems

Access to quality-assured medical devices, like diagnostic tests to detect illnesses or monitor diseases, and other medical instruments, machines, and equipment used across health care settings varies greatly by country and region.

Manufacturing medical devices and regulating their use often depends on the capacity of both the local manufacturer to comply with good manufacturing practices and meet global quality standards, and the national regulator to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and quality of the product.

PQM+ is making great strides with manufacturers and regulators alike to increase the supply of medical devices in low- and middle-income countries, which will strengthen their quality systems and improve the availability of locally-produced, quality-assured medical devices.

Spotlight on South Asia