Posted on January 25, 2019

The Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) quality laboratory conducted 33,110 tests of about 1,810 samples of pharmaceutical, herbal and dietary supplements last year as part of efforts to ensure the highest standards of safety of pharmaceuticals in the country. The laboratory also developed five innovative methods of improving the control of pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations, including two in the field of microbiology.

Dr Aisha al Ansar, director of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control at the Ministry of Public Health, said: “The quality laboratory for drug investigates the pharmaceutical preparations and the nutritional and herbal supplements provided by pharmaceutical companies and their conformity with the specifications of the regulations. Pharmaceuticals, herbal medicines and food supplements delivered personally through ports and airports are examined in cooperation with the Department of Drug for analysis of pharmaceuticals, local factories, its accreditation and its compliance with international standards before allowing them for sales in and out of Qatar.

The laboratory participated in two sessions of the International Cooperative Practice Programme for the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention and also participated in three of the European Union Quality Management Competency Tests. The laboratory has passed all programmes and tests with high quality and excellent results that reflect its international competency, according to the European Union’s Drug Quality Management (EDQM) and the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention.

Dr Ansar said the Ministry of Public Health is keen to provide all the necessary requirements for the laboratory, noting that the necessary technologies and requirements were provided to conduct new tests and increase the capacity of the laboratory. She said the ministry is keen to ensure the availability of the best pharmaceutical products and the highest levels of quality and safety standards in the country.

source: Qatar Tribune