Global Health Programs
Good quality medicines are essential to survival, and providing sustainable access to them is imperative. Through its four Global Health Programs (GHP)—Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM), Regulatory Standards Assistance Program (RSAP), formerly known as the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) Networks, and the Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT)—the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) strives to help under-resourced countries combat substandard and counterfeit medicines by building local capacity (i.e., systems, training, infrastructure, and networks) so that they can effectively monitor, test, and regulate the quality of medicines available in their communities.
GHP programs offer a variety of opportunities—education, outreach, standards resources, consulting—to help regional governments, regulators, and manufacturers implement systemic medicine quality control improvements and foster collaborations that can function without outside assistance. By promoting self-sustainable, localized change, USP hopes to meet its ultimate goal, which is to eliminate the need for GHP to exist.