Washington, D.C., 10 September 2010 (PAHO)—The national Laboratories for the Quality Control of Medicines in Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay have been prequalified by PAHO/WHO to serve as "International Reference Laboratories for the Agencies of the United Nations".
CONCAMYT, the National Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines (Bolivia), the National Center for Quality Control-CNCC (Peru) and the Commission for Quality Control of Medicines-CCCM (Uruguay) have completed all stages of the prequalification process established by PAHO/WHO and have been incorporated in the reference list of quality control laboratories for Medicines that PAHO/WHO provides for Agencies of the United Nations.
The three prequalified laboratories participate actively in the Regional Network of Quality Control Laboratories in the Americas, an initiative coordinated by the Medicines and Health Technologies project at PAHO in order to strengthen the capacity of quality control laboratories within national health systems. The international reference laboratories also perform an important role in the quality monitoring of the medicines purchased through International Organizations as PAHO/WHO, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNICEF, the Red Cross, Clinton Foundation, among others.
The prequalification of the laboratories was achieved with the support of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), through joint activities developed with PAHO in the performance evaluation of the laboratories, as well as through technical support activities sponsored by the Pan American Network for the Drug Regulatory Harmonization (PANDRH).