1 October 2018 – 5 October 2018 all-day
WHO Headquarters

“The general English Technical Briefing Seminar includes presentations, briefings and discussions around the following topics:

  • National Medicines Policies and Good Governance
  • Access to Medicines and Country Support Strategies
  • Selection and Rational Use of Essential Medicines
  • Quality Assurance of Medicines and Medical Products
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Access to Controlled Medicines
  • Medicine Pricing and Financing Strategies
  • Medicine Supply Systems and Procurement
  • Regulatory Systems and Support
  • The WHO Prequalification Programme

There will also be a special “hot topics” session focusing on areas of particular interest and relevance at the time of the seminar.


The technical briefing seminar will be of interest to Ministry of Health officials who deal with pharmaceutical issues, regional advisers and country office staff of WHO and other UN agencies, national and regional drug regulators, government and non-government officials, academics and pharmaceutical company representatives.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the seminar participants will:

  • Have a general understanding of the most common problems in the pharmaceutical sector in developing and transitional countries; and will have shared experiences in addressing these challenges;
  • Have a general understanding of how WHO support developing and transitional countries in strengthening the pharmaceutical sector;
  • Be aware of ways to strengthen collaboration with WHO and other organizations supporting the pharmaceutical sector in developing and transitional countries;
  • Be aware of critical issues such as quality and pharmacovigilance, pricing issues, counterfeit medicines.

Seminar design, presenters & facilitators

Each session combines a presentation from a WHO or invited speaker with active discussion and on occasions group work.
For each sessions key documents are identified and these together with the PowerPoint slides used are provided to participants after the seminar.
One afternoon is available for individual appointments with WHO staff.


Attendance is limited to 30 places. Participation is free of charge. However, each participant is responsible for own travel and accommodation costs.
The closing date for the submission of applications is 15 August 2018. Please apply using the Electronic Application Form.
(Based on past experience we encourage participants from countries for which Schengen visas are required to apply early.)”

Source, more information: WHO website

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