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WHO Quality Assurance Compendium


Quality assurance is a wide-ranging concept covering all matters that individually or collectively influence the quality of a product. With regard to pharmaceuticals, quality assurance can be divided into major areas, including quality control, production, distribution and inspections. The development of norms, standards and guidelines to promote quality assurance is an integral part of WHO’s Constitution and has been endorsed and supported through numerous World Health Assembly resolutions, and in those on the Revised Drug Strategy.

The WHO guidelines relating to quality assurance included in this collection have been prepared in consultation with the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on The International Pharmacopoeia and Pharmaceutical Preparations, with specialists from industry, national institutions, nongovernmental organizations, etc., through a vast global consultative process.

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Last updated: May 4, 2012