Substandard and Falsified (SF) Medical Products
The existence of substandard and falsified (SF) medical products is an unacceptable risk to public health. They affect every region of the world, and medicines from all major therapeutic categories have been reported, including vaccines and diagnostics. They harm patients and undermine confidence in medical products, healthcare professionals and health systems. WHO is working with stakeholders to minimize the risks from SF medical products by collecting data and transferring knowledge and good practices to countries.
SF Medical Products Activities
News and Announcements
On 29 May 2017 at the Seventieth World Health Assembly, a decision was agreed to have “Substandard and Falsified (SF) medical products” as the term to be used in the name of the Member State mechanism and in all future documentation on the subject of medical products of this type.
WHO has highlighted this definition and terminology change in a news release for the Seventieth World Health Assembly, available at the following link:
- Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 29 May 2017
Working Definitions Document approved by the Seventieth World Health
- Definitions of SF Medical Products
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Recent and Forthcoming Events
26-29 June 2017 – Tennessee, United States of America
UTHSC’s APEC Center of Excellence Pilot Program for Global Medical Product Quality and Supply Chain Security: Protecting Patient Safety in the Global Marketplace Through GDPs and Product Security Measures
28-30 June 2017 –Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Joint World Health Organization/West African Health Organization meeting on improving access to certified quality medicines in the Economic Community of West Africa States area
10-14 July 2017 – Massachusetts, United States of America
Quality of Medical Products and Public Health Course at Boston University School of Public Health
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