ECO Workshop on “Drug Registration and Licensing, Counterfeit Medicines and Good Manufacturing Practices” in Ankara

The ECO Workshop on “Drug Registration and Licensing, Counterfeit Medicines and Good Manufacturing Practices” was held on 8-9 May 2014 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. The event, organized by the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TDMDA) in cooperation with the ECO Secretariat, was attended by delegations from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Turkey (host).

In the two-day workshop, participants were briefed about the activities and structure of the "Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency", particularly as relate to drug registration and licensing, counterfeit medicines and good manufacturing practices.

The representatives of other Member States also presented information on the structure and profile of their relevant bodies responsible for drug manufacturing, registration and licensing as well as counterfeit medicines. The Workshop concluded its meeting with some recommendations for future course of action in the ECO Region.

The participants also visited the "Turkish National Reference Laboratory" where a briefing, depicting its history, laboratory capacity as well as organizational charter was presented.