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High quality and affordability of medicinal and medical devices are a necessary component in the complex of medical care measures allowing solving diagnostic, disease treatment and prevention, life and health preservation issues. Rendering timely medical and social assistance to people is an important element in the policy of a welfare state which is nowadays impossible without pharmaceutical provision. This sphere has been experiencing vast changes for the last decade with the focus not only on scientific research and development by domestic experts, but also on integration processes connected with creation of a single medicinal products market within the frames of the Eurasian Economic Union and assurance of medicinal products compliance with the world quality standards. In this regard, the work on international networking in the sphere of pharmacy and healthcare on the whole is still in progress.

On April 27–28, 2017 a Belarusian-Slovak business forum took place in Bratislava, which was organised by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Slovak Agency for Investments and Trade Development. Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus; Robert Fico, Chairman of the Government of the Slovak Republic; Vladimir Ulakhovich, Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Rastislav Chovanec, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic; Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, took part in the work of the forum.

The forum addressed pressing issues of Belarusian-Slovak trade and economic interaction, possible directions of extension of business cooperation, perspectives of common investment projects realisation. The forum’s participants were presented the instruments of financial support of bilateral trade operations proposed by large Belarusian and Slovak banking structures, as well as examples of successful cooperation of both countries’ enterprises.

The importance of signing the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Center for Examinations and Tests in Health Service Unitary Enterprise and the State Institute for Drug Control (Slovakia) should be emphasised; it took place on April 28 within the framework of the Belarusian-Slovak business forum. This document will allow cooperation with the State Institute for Drug Control of the Slovak Republic in the sphere of education and exchange of experience on implementation of European standards on registration of medicinal products, medical devices and their quality control; pharmacovigilance system and inspections of pharmacovigilance systems of marketing registration holders; performance of clinical trials, assessments of Good Clinical Practice compliance. In the course of negotiations Zuzana Bat’ová, director of the State Institute for Drug Control of the Slovak Republic, expressed the desire to pay a return visit to the Centre for Examinations and Tests in Health Service Unitary Enterprise for an insight into the Belarusian specialists’ work experience.

Thus, the Republic of Belarus has been granted a unique opportunity to promote extension and intensification of international cooperation, attraction of foreign investments, experience exchange, development of long-term and mutually beneficial relationships and arrangements aimed at creation of quality and affordable products in the sphere of pharmacy and healthcare on the whole.

May, 2017