Information Sharing Platform

About SEARN-ISP

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Vision:

Healthy populations with timely access to affordable medical products of assured quality, safety and efficacy in all countries of the South-East Asia Region and beyond.

Mission:

To develop and strengthen regulatory collaboration, convergence and reliance in the South-East Asia Region over shared regulatory issues and challenges that will build capacity and enable national regulatory authorities to fulfil their mandate and better safeguard public health.     

 

Objectives

  1. Information sharing: Create an enabling environment to enhance communication and information sharing on regulatory policies, guidelines, standards, procedures, outputs and regulated products and entities between national regulatory authorities in the region.
  2. Systems strengthening: Facilitate and support regulatory capacity development to enhance regulatory skills and competencies and strengthen regulatory systems in the region. 
  3.  Convergence: Promote convergence and alignment of regulatory approaches and requirements based on international standards and good regulatory practices.
  4.  Collaboration: Identify and develop potential work sharing and reliance processes to help address common work areas and optimise use of existing regulatory capacities and expertise available in the region.

History

WHO South-East Asia Region Member States launched South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) at the first meeting of the Network in New Delhi, India in April 2017 to enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region to guarantee access to high-quality medical products (medicines, vaccines, medical devices and diagnostics). 

The 2nd annual meeting of SEARN was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in March 2018 followed by the 3rd annual meeting at New Delhi from 23-25 April 2019.

A notable progress is the SEARN Information Sharing Platform (ISP) Gateway, which was launched at the inaugural session of the ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products-Achieving the SDGs 2030’, by Mr J.P. Nadda, Union Health Minister of India and Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region on 9 October 2018.