First Biennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa with the theme “Building Partnerships for Sustainable Capacity Development in Medicines Regulation in Africa”, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-3 December 2013

The NEPAD Agency in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the organisational support of US-Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is pleased to announce the First Biennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa, to take place on 2nd and 3rd December 2013, at Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg South Africa. The theme of the conference is “Building Partnerships for Sustainable Capacity Development in Medicines Regulation in Africa”.

The initiative to organise this conference is borne of the necessity for African regulatory authorities, researchers, academic institutions and industry to work together to address some of the salient issues affecting their areas of delivery of medical products and technologies to the public.

The objectives of the scientific conference are to:

  1. Provide a forum to share scientific advances and current best practices in regulatory science disciplines amongst policy makers, regulators, industry and scientists
  2. Review current global developments in the regulatory environment and assess their impact on the commercialization of health research products as part of implementation of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA).
  3. Contribute to global knowledge on regulatory science
  4. Provide inputs to the third African Medicines Regulatory Authorities Conference

Draft Conference Programme:

Please download a copy of the draft Conference Programme here.

The Call for Abstracts which concluded in September received a good number and range of high calibre abstract submissions. After a thorough review of abstracts, the review committee members assigned to make a selection of successful applications have now made final decisions. Forty-seven (47) abstracts from African and international authors were selected for oral or poster presentations. A book of abstracts will be published and disseminated in due course.

Conference Registration:

All aspiring participants are expected to register by 8 November, 2013 by completing the registration form found here and sending the completed form in an email to or call +27 12 841 2833. There is a registration fee of US$50. Registration is free of charge for presenters.

Media inquiries to:

The NEPAD Communications Unit
Tel: +27 (0) 11 256 3615
Fax +27 (0) 11 206 3762

2 Dec 2013 to 3 Dec 2013
Venue and location: 
Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa.