Promoting the Quality of Medicines

The Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program helps low- and middle-income countries strengthen the systems that ensure the quality and increase the supply of priority medicines. PQM is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by USP.

Why quality-assured medicines are so important

Millions of people around the world are at risk of illness or death from poor-quality medicines and shortages of quality-assured medicines, especially in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to illness and death, poor-quality medicines can lead to loss of productivity, wasted resources, and lost confidence in the health system and may contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance.

Our work helps ensure the quality and increased supply of priority medicines

We work with:

  • Medicines regulatory authorities to strengthen quality assurance and quality control systems and implement risk-based approaches to optimize the regulation of medicines
  • Quality control laboratories to improve local capacity to accurately and reliably test the quality of medicines
  • Manufacturers to increase the supply of quality-assured medicines that comply with internationally recognized good manufacturing practices and standards

Watch this video to learn how quality-assured medicines save lives:


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