Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+)


A meeting of international accreditation standards top management group
     A meeting of international accreditation standards top management group. Photo: PQM+ program

A major challenge affecting Nigeria’s health system is the lack of available quality-assured essential medical products. PQM+ is helping ensure the quality of medicines and other medical products in Nigeria with an emphasis on USAID and Government of Nigeria priority malaria and maternal and child health medicines and family planning commodities.

PQM+ collaborates with the government, public agencies, and private sector actors to institute interventions that will improve Nigeria’s manufacturing capabilities, ensure strong national and subnational regulatory systems, and improve the quality of medicines at last-mile points of care, such as community pharmacies and proprietary patent medicine vendors.

PQM+ supports the increased registration of medicines retail outlets with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and increased inspections of these outlets for medicines surveillance and quality improvement and to ensure product quality, safety, and efficacy. PQM+ is also strengthening quality management systems and building laboratory capacity in quality control testing in compliance with international standards to help ensure the quality of medical products circulating in the country.

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Abuja, Nigeria