First Workshop for National Regulatory Authorities for Vaccines in the Western Pacific Region
9-11 November 2011 - Seoul, Republic of Korea
The first workshop for National Regulatory Authorities (NRA) for Vaccines in the Western Pacific Region was held from 9 to 11 November 2011 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. A total of 11 Member States participated in the workshop: Australia, Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Viet Nam. Representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) also attended.
The workshop was organized into several plenary and one group-work session. Presentations covered, among others, global and regional updates, WHO's support to capacitybuilding, formulation of regional alliances, and country presentations, including updates, lessons learnt, expectations and future plans. Countries met in three working groups to develop and/or update their institutional development plans (IDPs) and support plans for non-functional NRAs. Challenges and major lessons learnt were documented from the presentations of individual countries and group-work sessions.
- To identify lessons learnt and best practices on regulatory issues of vaccine quality and safety in selected countries for adoption by other Member States in the Western Pacific Region.
- To develop action plans to strengthen the regional and intercountry collaboration of national regulatory authorities (NRAs).