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Dear colleagues!

Another year has come to an end. All this time we have been working effectively and have shared all difficulties and joys. Now it is high time to recall the most significant events taken place during this period.

Employees of our enterprise carried out a large amount of work in improving the legal framework regulating circulation of medicinal products, medical devices, and medical equipment. The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the highest level signed the Agreement on Unified Principles and Circulation Regulations of Medicinal Products within the Eurasian Economic Union and Agreement on Unified Principles and Circulation Regulations of Medical Products (Medical Devices and Medical Equipment) within the Eurasian Economic Union. Law of the Republic of Belarus No. 203-З dated November 17, 2014 On Amendments into Law of the Republic of Belarus On Medicinal Products was enacted. The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus adopted Resolution No. 768 dated August 07, 2014 On Amendments into Some Resolutions of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, which provided for improving the procedure of state registration of medicinal products, medical devices, and medical equipment, which as well took into account practical experience of its performance. The standard on Good Pharmacovigilance Practices was developed and agreed upon with member states of the Eurasian Economic Union for the purposes of development and effectiveness improvement of the pharmacovigilance system of the Republic of Belarus. Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus No. 1120 dated November 28, 2014 On Some Issues of State Registration of Biomedical Cell Products regulating performance of a respective administrative procedure has come into effect as of December 27, 2014.

The Republican Control and Analytical Laboratory after performing the surveillance audit against the Good Practices requirements of control laboratories approved inclusion into the list of the laboratories prequalified by the World Health Organisation. The Chemical and Analytical Department of the Republican Clinical and Pharmacological Laboratory was accredited against STB ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.

The Laboratory of Pharmacopoeial and Pharmaceutical Analysis and the Republican Control and Analytical Laboratory introduced additional test methods into the accreditation scope: near-infrared spectrophotometry, total organic carbon determination in water for pharmaceutical use, water (microdetermination), disintegration of suppositories and pessaries, softening time determination of lipophilic suppositories, foreign material contamination (invisible particles).

The expiring year demonstrated a great interest of health and pharmaceutical fields’ specialists in training of all directions of the proper circulation of medicinal products (GLP/GCP/GMP/GDP/GVP, etc.). More than 850 representatives of national and foreign organisations participated in workshops of Centre for Examinations and Tests in Health Service UE.

It should be noted that the number of readers of our magazine has increased this year. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to our readers, authors, and editorial board members, which help to make the magazine interesting and informative. I hope to continue successful collaboration to the benefit of our common interests.

In conclusion with all my heart I would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Let the year of 2015 bring prosperity and success, new brilliant ideas and their implementation to life. Let your families have peace and understanding, and let love of the nearest and dearest warm you all the time. I wish you to have career advancement, optimism, and self-confidence!

December 2014