Essential medicines and health products

Medicines policy


WHO recommends that all countries formulate and implement a comprehensive national medicines policy in order to address pharmaceutical sector issues under a common framework. WHO supports Member States to develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of national medicines policies, guidelines, strategies and plans that ensure the availability, affordability and rational use of essential medicines and traditional, complementary and alternative medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality.


Examples of National Medicines Policies

A collection of National Medicines Policies have been published in the WHO Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products Information Portal as a public sub-collection. Individual National Medicines Policies can also be found through the search engine.


Key publications

Other resources

Archived resources

Medicines policy-related World Health Assembly resolutions and WHO Secretariat reports