Pan African Harmonisation Working Party
- African Forum
Access to new products in Africa can be delayed, sometimes for years, due to complex and costly requirements for regulatory approval in some countries. Costs incurred by the manufacturers will be passed on to customers increasing the price of the goods.
There is a need to improve access to healthcare in Africa.
There is substantial investment in point-of-care diagnostics due to the recognition that they can improve access to healthcare and assist control of infectious diseases.
Rapid technological advances are driving innovation in diagnostics. It is recognised that over zealous regulation can stifle innovation.
There is currently a favourable environment for harmonizing.