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Emirates Drug Establishment developing plans for regulatory practices in UAE's pharmaceutical sector
Middle East | May 25, 2024 10:05:47 PM IST

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Abu Dhabi [UAE], May 25 (ANI/WAM): The Board of Directors of the Emirates Drug Establishment (EDE) held its fourth meeting since its establishment at the end of last year, to review and develop the main initiatives to be taken for the regulation and management of the UAE's healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors - all of which are designed to reinforce the UAE's reputation as a global and regional hub for the medical industry.

The meeting was chaired by Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the EDE, and was attended by Dr Maha Tayseer, Deputy Chairperson of the Board, Dr Fatima Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, Director General of the EDE, as well as board members Dr Issa Abdul Fattah Kazim, Badr Saleem Al Ulama, Dr Amer Ahmed Sharif, Dr Farhan Malak, and Professor Chris Evans. Ahmed Al Rumaithi has recently joined the Board as a representative of the UAE's youth.

During the meeting, the Board of Directors discussed the development of plans for the establishment of various specialized committees to enhance the EDE's operational efficiency.

The attendees also reviewed the latest developments regarding plans to integrate the activities of all relevant government agencies and services, including the transfer of supervision of more than 160 services from the Ministry of Health and Community Prevention and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to the EDE.

Dr Thani said that the EDE is continuing its work to establish a fully integrated organizational structure that will regulate and manage all healthcare and pharmaceutical activities in the UAE.

Its goal is to enhance standards, drive innovation, and stimulate cooperation in advanced research that will elevate the UAE's healthcare industry to be in line with global best practices.

Al Zeyoudi said, "We are focused on developing the institutional, organizational and administrative structure of the EDE, which will support the integration of relevant government agencies and services into our mandate. This is an important part of our efforts to enhance the UAE's healthcare and pharmaceutical sector in line with global standards. We are determined to elevate the production capability and capacity of the local pharmaceutical sector in order to better cater for our needs, foster national excellence in this vital sector and attract both investment and talent from around the world."

As Director General of the EDE, Dr Fatima Al Kaabi stated that they are working on plans to implement previous recommendations of the Board of Directors, including the establishment of the EDE's organizational structure and the appointment of a highly skilled and experienced team to oversee the continued improvement of healthcare standards in the country.

Al Kaabi stated, "The EDE is working to establish its organizational structure that will help us achieve our strategic goals, elevating the standards and accelerating the expansion of our country's healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, increasing their contribution to the well-being of the UAE's citizens as well as contributing to sustainable economic growth."

The UAE Cabinet approved the formation of the Board of Directors for the Emirates Drug Establishment in December 2023.

This board, which will serve a three-year term, is tasked with overseeing the federal institution's mandate to regulate and manage all medical products at the national level.

The institution's jurisdiction extends across the entire country, including free zones, and encompasses a broad spectrum of products.

These include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare products, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, veterinary preparations, fertilizers, agricultural conditioners, plant growth regulators, pesticides, and products of genetically modified organisms.

The Council of Ministers' decree-law also permits the inclusion of any other medical products. (ANI/WAM)


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