SFDA joins ma­jor WHO net­work

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The Saudi Food and Drugs Au­thor­ity (SFDA) has joined the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s (WHO) bi­o­log­i­cals net­work.

The net­work was es­tab­lished in 2016 with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 21 na­tional con­trol lab­o­ra­to­ries for bi­o­log­i­cals re­spon­si­ble for test­ing and an­a­lyz­ing vac­cines adopted by the WHO.

Join­ing this net­work pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for SFDA lab­o­ra­to­ries to view data of the test re­sults in the coun­tries man­u­fac­tur­ing bi­o­log­i­cals through those coun­tries’ na­tional lab­o­ra­to­ries, to ben­e­fit from early warn­ings on the sub­ject, and to ob­tain ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als for the vac­cines. The WHO Na­tional Con­trol Lab­o­ra­tory Net­work for Bi­o­log­i­cals is con­cerned with fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­cess to vac­cines (that are pre-ap­proved by the WHO) or other bi­o­log­i­cals, by re­ly­ing on the re­sults of op­er­a­tions.

It is also con­cerned with ex­chang­ing the best ex­pe­ri­ences and prac­tices among the net­work’s mem­bers, which re­duces overtest­ing as well as con­tribut­ing to more ef­fi­cient and less ex­pen­sive test­ing while en­sur­ing good reg­u­la­tory over­sight.

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