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Efficient cooperation in the area of circulation of medicinal products, medical devices and their quality control, as well as improvement of a health care system, protection of public health of the Republic of Belarus and the Slovak Republic has become possible due to the development of partnership relations between the states. An official visit of the Ministry of health of the Slovak Republic delegation to the Republic of Belarus was held on November 14-15, 2017. A visit programme included attendance of a range of health care facilities including the Centre for Eexamination and Tests in Health Service Unitary Enterprise.

Earlier on April 28, 2017, in Bratislava, a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed between the Centre for Eexamination and Tests in Health Service UE and the State Institute for Drug Control (Slovakia) within the framework of a Belarusian-Slovak business forum. In the course of negotiations, the institute director Zuzana Bat’ová 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.

On November 14, 2017 a group of delegates including Matej Petrovič, the Director General of the Pharmaceutical and Drug Policy Section of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Baťová, the Director of the State Institute for Drug Control, Daniela Buksharova, a specialist from the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, Tibor Bók, a counsellor of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in the Republic of Belarus, visited the Centre for Eexamination and Tests in Health Service UE. A meeting took place in the Laboratory of Pharmacopoeial and Pharmaceutical Analysis. The issues of implementation of European quality standards for authorisation of medicinal products in the Republic of Belarus, of evaluation of drug master files, including approval of quality control methods of medicinal products were discussed during the meeting. Special focus was laid on practical work aspects of the laboratory. Slovak colleagues recognised high level of technical capacity, a wide range of tests conducted, and highly appraised laboratory activities.

Mutual cooperation, exchange of practices are important steps towards improvement of a system for the provision of safe, efficient and qualitative medicinal products to people for the purposes of life preservation, health recovery, treatment, prevention and diagnosis of diseases.

November, 2018