An official of CePAT taking journalists through the new labs
The Centre for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) has added two new laboratories to enhance its resource capacity in pharmaceutical quality assurance and control.
The addition of the new microbiology and instrumentation laboratories affords the centre the capability to conduct microbiology testing to ascertain that sterile products and non-sterile liquid medicines are free from microbial contamination.
The instrumentation laboratory will also allow for differential scanning calorimetric tests, thermo gravimetic analysis and total organic carbon tests to verify drug authenticity and quality.
Patrice Lukulay, vice president of the Global Health Impact Programme- Africa and head of CePAT Ghana, speaking at the official opening of the laboratories located in Accra, indicated that the microbiology unit is a context appropriate technology with the housing prefabricated.
He said the microbiology laboratory, the first of its kind in the sub-region, can be located in any country even where the building infrastructure is inadequate because the unit is modular and self sufficient.
“With these additional capabilities, it is hoped that the regulatory authorities in the sub-region will drive the necessary change needed for full compliance with international standards for the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical products,” he said.
Minister of Health Alex Segbefia, giving the keynote address, expressed his gratitude to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) for selecting Ghana as their home for the establishment of CePAT in the sub-region.
He said the expansion of the new laboratories is timely due to the current challenge the country “is facing with the influx of counterfeit drugs and other medical consumables.”
Mr Segbefia, therefore, pointed out that government is ready to collaborate more with CePAT to provide capacity training and testing of drugs.
Roland Piervincezi, chief executive officer of USP, in his remarks, said the centre was established to help develop human resource capacity in pharmaceutical quality assurance and quality control.
He said since its inception, CePAT has contributed to developing a cadre of competent professionals for the pharmaceutical industry and national drug regulatory authorities, totalling 190 professionals from 32 countries.
“CePAT serves as an integrated platform for training, consulting, testing and capacity building to support pharmaceutical quality assurance systems in a sustainable way in sub-Saharan Africa,” he added.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri