Africa-Press – Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s House of Peoples Representative approved the treaty for establishment of African Medicines Agency (AMA) on its 7th regular session held today.
AMA will be established as a Specialized Agency of the African Union (AU) dedicated to improving access to quality, safe and efficacious medical products in Africa.
The AMA Treaty was adopted by the AU Assembly on 11 February 2019 and a minimum of Fifteen (15) Member States are needed to ratify the AMA Treaty in their national parliaments, for AMA to come into force.
The House of Peoples’ Representatives at its regular session held today deliberated on a draft report, resolution and agreement that provided for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency.
It was indicated during the discussion that the establishment of the Agency will reportedly enable AU member countries and their citizens to secure quality and safe medical products.
The existence of substandard and falsified products poses a risk to public health, harm patients and undermine confidence in healthcare delivery systems.
Upon presenting the draft resolution for the approval of the establishment of the Agency, Chairperson of Health, Social, Development, Cultural and Sport Affairs Standing Committee of the House of Peoples’ Representatives, Werksew Mamo said the establishment of the Agency is a decisive step for the promotion of health services in Africa.
The Chairperson added that the ratification of the establishment of the Agency will enable the nation to engage in strong and reliable African system on drug administration and control and help the country play its role in the performance of the Agency.
Werksew mentioned that Ethiopia’s Food and Drug Administration will provide technical support for the establishment of the Agency.
Accordingly, the House has unanimously approved the draft bill and resolution that provided for the establishment of African Medicine Agency.