24th AHWP Concluded
24th AHWP Concluded14/11/2019
The 24th Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) annual meeting for Medical Devices & Supplies, which organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs & Drug Control (DGPADC) concluded today (Thursday) at the Grand Millennium Hotel Muscat.
The meeting resulted in a number of decisions including changing the name of the AHWP to the International Harmonization Working Party, ratifying the capacity building report for the staff working in the medical regulatory field, ratifying a number of guidelines related to the changes in medical devices and supplies and their tracking systems and the electronic identification card. It has been approved for the accession of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to the Party.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saidi, Minister of Health patronized the conclusion ceremony today in the presence of Dr. Mohammed bin Hamdan AL-Rubiai, DGPADC Director-General, and Ali bin Muhsin Al-Dalaan, President of AHWP for Medical Devices & Supplies.
AL-Rubiai, DGPADC Director General pointed out that the meeting, during four-day, addressed the latest health techniques in the field of medical devices and supplies, as well as reviewed the challenges, difficulties and solutions in this field.
The Meeting, which lasted four-day, aimed at standardizing the control measures on the medical devices and supplies in accordance with the global systems and procedures applicable at the international controlling authorities and countries in order to access high-quality and safety medical devices and supplies, as well as prevent the entry of any low-quality or counterfeit products.
Due to its importance in enhancing and improving the health systems of medical devices and supplies, around (300) participants from the AHWP member states in the Asian group (31 countries) have attended the meeting. The meeting also gathered other participants from a number of European, African and American countries, along with a number of international health control authorities and organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the European Union and others.
The Sultanate was participated in the meeting with a number of specialists from the Ministry of Health (engineers, technicians, doctors, pharmacists and nurses) in addition to the other health institutions such as Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Armed Forces Medical Services, Royal Diwan Medical Services, and Directorate General of Medical Services of Royal Oman Police.
The meeting touched upon a number of important aspects related to control systems on medical devices and supplies, ensure the importance of their quality, efficiency and safety in order to enhance the quality of healthcare services provided by the participating countries.