Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) Networks
Networks of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCLs)
OMCL Network Objectives
- Strengthen the performance and technical skills of OMCL staff
- Promote communication and the exchange of information
- Harmonize methodologies to facilitate acceptance/recognition
- Ensure compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
- Help eliminate substandard and counterfeit drugs
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela
Botswana, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
- NOMCoL-MENAAlgeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen
- NOMCoL-Asia Pacific (as of Oct 2014)
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam
EQCP has made it possible for participating labs to formulate recommendations to optimize testing capacity and reporting, identify areas that demand technical cooperation, evaluate the quality of medicines used in priority programs, and develop the concept of reference quality control laboratories in the region.
NOMCoL-Africa has facilitated South-South collaboration on the quality control of essential medicines commonly used in the region. Annual inter-laboratory testing and hands-on training increase their ability to detect substandard and counterfeit medicines. They have developed a Virtual Forum and website to increase visibility of the network and its activities and share information.
INOMCoL-MENAmembers also participate in annual inter-laboratory testing and hands-on training; the individualized reports they receive from USP help further their growth. Efforts are underway for USP and accredited members to assist other members to reach internationally accepted standards for laboratories.
Contact: Mr. Hari Ramanathan, Manager, Global Health Programs