PFSCM joins QUAMED, adds to pool of expertise to improve access to quality health products

by | Mar 9, 2021

The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) is proud to announce that we became an official member of QUAMED, a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to increasing access to quality medicines using pharmaceutical audits, training and advisory services.

PFSCM Director Edward Wilson says the synergies between QUAMED and PFSCM are plentiful, and the benefits of being part of a network of organizations and individuals with expertise in pharmaceutical regulation, and supply chain best practices are substantial.

PFSCM’s vision and mission has always been to strengthen, develop, and manage secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable global supply chains to improve the health and well-being of people in low- and middle-income countries through increased access to quality and affordable health products, stresses Wilson.

“Not only do we have a common goal of increasing access to quality health products, but we also share a great passion, and commitment in uplifting health product vendors through prequalification audits.”

Wilson explains that PFSCM’s unique vendor prequalification program is closely aligned with QUAMED’s auditing services.

“Similar to QUAMED’s auditing services, PFSCM’s vendor prequalification program is also based on the World Health Organization’s Model for Quality Assurance System for Procurement Agencies Guideline, and covers aspects of the WHO’s Good Storage and Distribution Practices, and Good Manufacturing Practices.”

Wilson further notes that through prequalification-, and audit programs PFSCM, and QUAMED are helping vendors become more compliant, allowing them access to new international buying opportunities that may otherwise have been out of reach.

“Our vendor prequalification program also plays an important role in creating sources of supply closer to demand. This has a host of benefits including driving standardization, improving self-reliance, and reducing supply chain costs while limiting the carbon footprint associated with global logistics.”

Meanwhile, by joining the association, PFSCM has the opportunity to learn from its peers, while also sharing its extensive expertise in product quality assurance (QA).

“By pooling our expertise and sharing reliable information we can collectively do more to improve health outcomes especially in low- and middle-income countries. We look forward to a productive and lasting partnership with QAUMED,” Concludes Wilson.


Product quality assurance at PFSCM

PFSCM’s clients are assured that products are safe, fit-for-use, and produced by reliable well-known and reliable manufacturers.

PFSCM upholds a strict product quality assurance policy and program that ensures patient safety, and prevents costly and wasteful product quality issues that may result in destruction or recalls. PFSCM only procures products that comply with defined quality requirements as prescribed in applicable QA policies. This includes products that are either prequalified by the World Health Organization, approved by a stringent regulatory authority, or the International Medical Device Regulatory Forum; and meet national regulatory requirements