Championing Medicine Quality in Africa

Poor-quality medicines pose a serious threat to public health in Sub-Saharan Africa. USP–Ghana, home to our Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT), provides effective technical assistance and training to help national regulatory authorities and local manufacturers mitigate the effects of falsified, substandard, and unapproved medicines, and to ensure sustainable, quality-assured medicines production. USP’s CePAT also tests pharmaceuticals for quality from across the sub-region. 

Since opening in 2013, USP’s CePAT program has trained more than 250 professionals from 39 African countries on a range of pharmaceutical regulatory, quality assurance and quality control functions. The center is rapidly expanding to meet demand while strengthening its training and testing capabilities—in an effort to ensure that only good-quality, safe, and beneficial medicines are available to patients in Africa.

Browse and register for CePAT Courses here.


Falsified and substandard medicines threaten recent improvements to global public health--particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. USP and our collaborators work across the region to ensure quality medicines’ availability. We help our partners develop skills to deliver quality assured medicines to people who need them most.

  • Integrated training and testing services to professionals in pharmaceuticals regulation and manufacturing 
  • Comprehensive skills-building and human resource capacity development approach covers quality management systems, good laboratory practices, good manufacturing practices, and quality control procedures
  • Courses feature lectures from working professionals in key sectors
  • Third-party medicines testing for governments and international procurement agencies and NGOs
  • Supply chain integrity consulting services to help detect and prevent medicines adulteration
  • Fostering South-South collaboration through regional harmonization initiatives, such as inter-laboratory trainings through USP’s Network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories

CePAT Honors

USP’s CePAt Honors was launched in 2014 to acknowledge the unique and valuable contributions of African women who are change-agents and celebrate their contributions to global health. The CePAT Honors Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes one individual who has proven to be an innovator in global health; shown exemplary leadership and inspired her peers; embodies excellence in professional contributions; and advocates for increased investments in science and technology in addressing Africa’s economic and health challenges. The CePAT Honors A.C.E. (Acknowledge. Celebrate. Empower) Awards recognize individuals who exhibit exemplary leadership; show commitment to improving access to good quality medicines; reinforce policies, practices, attitudes or actions that support this commitment; and give back to the community.

Learn more about the distinguished recipients of the 2017 awards.

CePAT Women in Science Exchange (WISE)

USP’s CePAT WISE program launched in January 2017 as a platform to convene female undergraduate and high school students with CePAT Honorees and global health professionals from across sub-Saharan Africa. The program facilitates networking and mentee-mentor relationships to inspire students’ aspirations for careers in drug regulation and pharmaceutical manufacturing. USP’s CePAT WISE will yield opportunities for capacity-building and skills development through group mentorship, workshops, career guidance training, and internships.



Contact Patrick Lukulay, V.P., Global Health Impact Programs-Africa,

Contact Info

No. 3 Park Avenue
Motorway Extension
North Dzorwulu
P.O. Box WY 1204, Kwabenya
Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233-30-2216888

USP–Ghana is included under USP's ISO 9001:2008 certification and has earned accreditation to IS0 17025:2005. ISO 17025 accreditation is an important international standard for calibration and testing laboratories. Accredited laboratories are able to extend their expertise and support to neighboring countries. View USP’s ISO certificates.