A total of 19 Iraqi professionals and specialists involved, at various levels, in the fields related to drug quality assurance completed successively a six day training course on current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) applied in the pharmaceutical industries. The course organized by the Ministry of Health of Iraq with the technical support of WHO took place in Amman from 9 to 15 March 2014 as part of the implementation of the ongoing European Union funded programme to support health services in Iraq.
This course brought together professionals from the Ministry of Health (MOH)/Baghdad and Kurdistan Region, and the Ministry of Industries (MOI) representing different technical department including Pharmacy Department; Kimadia (the State Company for Medicines and Medical Appliances in Iraq), selected governorate Department of Health (DOH) and the Union of Iraq Drug Manufacturers (public and private sector).
In addition to the WHO, the training was facilitated by experts from Clinical Quest LLC, a regional contract research services organization based in Jordan which has experience in supporting local drug manufacturing plants to building systems that assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Ezechiel Bisalinkumi, on behalf of Dr. Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative in Iraq, stated that “compliance to GMP is paramount to ensuring production of safe medicines for the benefit of population in need.” He added that “this training is an important step towards creating an environment that will assure high quality of drug products by requiring that manufacturers of pharmaceutical products adequately control manufacturing operations”. He thanked the European Union whose invaluable financial contribution will greatly contribute to achieving this objective.
Ms Alice Tawil, representing the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Iraq stated that, “We believe that providing technical assistance such as this training contribute to long lasting institutional capacity which will ultimately lead to better health for the whole population of Iraq”.
Speaking on behalf of Government of Iraq, during the ceremony marking the end of the training and hand-over of the certificates to participants, Dr. Hala Hadi Abdullah praised the cooperation and collaboration existing between Iraq and Jordan which has allowed Iraqi professionals to gain the basic skills needed during inspection of facilities. She added that “this will ensure that these facilities are in good condition, equipment is properly maintained and calibrated, employees are qualified and fully trained, and processes are reliable and reproducible so that they can manufacture assured safe products.”