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Training and capacity building of Nepal’s National Medicine Laboratory personnel

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Quality control and quality assurance play a critical role in ensuring that a country’s population has access to quality and safe medicines. As many less developed countries, Nepal faces a shortage of health personnel, especially in the pharmaceutical sector.

The spread of sub-standard and falsified medicines is pronounced in countries where manufacturing, importation and supply are not highly regulated. The Nepalese quality control Laboratory (NML) is in charge of analyzing the quality of medicines in Nepal. However, the NML lacks resources and capacities needed for example to carry out tests on each batch of a drug before importation and post marketing testing of medicines.

Post marketing testing is an important contributing factor to identifying quality and safety of medicines that are available to the public. On behalf of the German Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (the National Metrology Institute of Germany) action medeor organizes a training to strengthen the capacities of NML personnel. The six months project consists of post marketing analysis of medicines in the Nepalese market.

For this project the product Rabeprazole has been selected because NML experienced out of specification (OOS) results with the product in the past. During the project period different samples of Rabeprazole will be analysed each month in three different laboratories including NML and a WHO prequalified laboratory on the supervision of action medeor.

This exploratory study aims to compare NML’s results with a WHO prequalified laboratory and enable exchange of expertise.


Capacity building of Nepal’s National Medicine Laboratory personnel and thus improve the quality of medicine in the Nepalese market
Kathmandu, Nepal
Term of validity:
February 2017 – July 2017
36,000 €
PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)
Shushan Tedla, Guy Noel Mouoffo