The International Congress of Pharmacy 2017 and the Central America and Dominican Republic  regional Meeting of Health Authorities, Academy and Pharmaceutical Industry took place in San Jose, Costa Rica from August 7-11.

FIFARMA and FEDEFARMA representatives were invited to speak at the Congress and to participate in the Regulatory Workshop held on August 9. The workshop took place to
assess the Central American Technical Regulations, “Reglamentos Técnicos Centro Americanos” (RTCAs), in place in the region as part of the economic union process.

The Congress was organized by the University of Costa Rica’s Pharmacy Faculty, an entity committed to the health of Costa Rica’s population through training of pharmaceutical professionals and quality assurance and rational use of medicines through research and social action. Additional support was provided by members of the organizing committee, including Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health, the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America, and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA), the Costa Rica College of Pharmacists, and others from the pharmaceutical industry. The Congress welcomed 480 attendees, including 120 healthcare professionals and health authorities, academia and international organization representatives from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany, United States, and Sweden.

The Congress agenda was divided into four themes:
• Good Regulatory Practices
• Pharmacovigilance
• Clinical Research
• Innovation, Development, and Biotechnology

By Annabelle Castro (ROCHE)

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