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BELMED Project

The Annual Action Programme for Belarus “International Accreditation of Testing Laboratories for Medical Products and support to healthcare in Belarus (BELMED)” is currently being implemented within the framework of bilateral cooperation with the European Union. The programme is the first pilot EU national action in the field of Public Health.

Health care is one of the main state priorities in our country, and medicines policy is socially oriented. Further development of cooperation in this sector will be the next step towards improving the welfare of the Belarusian people through the implementation of the European experience and expertise in the national health care system.

The overall objective of the Programme is contribution to the improvement of the health care system and the welfare of the Belarusian people through the provision of quality of pharmaceutical products.

The Programme is aimed at strengthening the technical infrastructure of the official quality control laboratories for medical products, including the provision for the allocation of significant funds for the laboratories equipment procurement, staff training and other activities and events.

In the frame of the BELMED Programme, one of the projects has the objective to assist with the full preparation for compliance with international standards for national (or official or governmental) medicines quality control. This includes preparation for international recognition of the Quality Control Laboratory for Immunobiological drugs together with three other Official Medicine Control laboratories including preparation for integration into the Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCL) network of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM).

The second objective of this Project is to assist in the integration of the control system of medicines circulation in the Republic of Belarus to the European system. The Project will specifically provide capacity building to assist with the integration of the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate into the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Programme (PIC/S). Achieving this objective will contribute to the international recognition of national certificates of GMP compliance and increase the export potential of Belarusian medicines manufacturers with guaranteed quality, efficacy and safety.