Uzbekistan’s Medicines Quality Control Laboratory Well on the Path to Achieving International Standards

The U.S. Agency for International Development supports the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health’s Medicines Quality Control Laboratory (MQCL) with technical assistance through the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) project, which is implemented by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. The MCQL’s drive toward achieving international standards for testing and calibration continued in November 2018 when PQM Senior Laboratory Quality Management Specialist, Angela Oliver (second from the left in the photo above), conducted an assessment of the MQCL’s quality management system, and provided training to the laboratory’s staff on data integrity and documentation management.

Earlier in this year, the PQM program trained Uzbek laboratory specialists on the general requirements for meeting recently-updated international standards, as set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electro-technical Commission (IEC). USAID’s partnership with the Ministry of Health to strengthen Uzbekistan’s medicines quality assurance system is a major asset in the country’s efforts to eliminate the flow of substandard and falsified medical products.