The National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS) of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) said on April 23 that it will implement an official development assistance (ODA) project for five developing countries in the Western Pacific region, including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines and Mongolia.
The project was created in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) to support developing countries in quality control and licensing of biopharmaceuticals and traditional medicines such as vaccines. WPRO is one of WHO's six regional offices and has jurisdiction over 10 regions of 27 countries, including Korea, Japan, China and Australia.
The main content of the support project are education, training and technical consultation on vaccine evaluation and post-approval monitoring, WHO support for vaccine regulatory agencies, support for establishment of vaccine quality control laboratories, and traditional drug quality management and on-site training.
Since 2015, the MFDS has been operating a public development aid training program for public officials in developing countries in the Western Pacific region to help them build a foundation for safety management.