Essential medicines and health products

Medicine Information Systems


The WHO Departments for Medicine collaborate with its global partners on pharmaceutical information management and support development and strengthening of technical information systems in areas such as

  • Norms, standards and teminologies for safety and quality control
  • Medicines legislation, regulatory control and intelligence
  • Publishing of safety and regulatory alerts
  • International non-proprietary names
  • Prequalified medicines
  • Supply of medicines
  • Quantification and rational use of medicines
  • Selection of essential medicines and Treatment model formulary
  • Laboratory control

Some of the more specialized information systems are used for managing:
Acceptability of product data
Adverse event reporting
Applications for approvals
Certification scheme
Electronic submissions
Individual country requirements
Intellectual property
Model formulary and Treatment guidelines
Post-marketing surveillance
Price monitoring
Procurement and warehouse management
Site inspections

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Contact:  Mr Jörg Hetzke
Medicines and Health Technology Information Management
Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals (HTP)
WHO Geneva