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Good Day, 

Please find attached the official announcement of the 2nd Biennial Scientific 
Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa, 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2015 and the 4th 
African Regulators Conference, 2-4 December 2015. Kindly take note of the host 
country and date changes. Both conferences will be held at the African Union 
Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A call for abstracts and 
conference registration are now open; kindly fill in the attached forms and 
submit before the stipulated closing dates. Best regards, Organising Committee  

2nd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa

“Regulatory Systems Strengthning for advancing Research, Innovation and local 
pharmaceutical production in Africa”

30th November – 1st December 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Call for Abstracts

The Second Biennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa 
(SCoMRA) will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30th November to 01 
December 2015. The theme of the 2nd conference is “Regulatory Systems 
Strengthning for advancing Research, Innovation and local pharmaceutical 
production in Africa”. The conference will seek to position medical products 
regulation in Africa as a strategic intervention for effectively contributing 
to Post 2015 development agenda and the African Union Agenda 2063 by 
facilitating access to the needed medical products, vaccines and technologies.

The theme of the second SCoMRA builds on the outcomes of the First Biennial 
Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa jointly organized by 
the AU/NEPAD Agency and the World Health Organization (WHO) held in 
Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-3 December 2013. The conference, with the theme 
“Building Partnerships for Sustainable

Capacity in Medicines Regulation in Africa”, preceded the 3rd African Medicines 
Regulatory Authorities Conference (AMRC) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 
from 4-6 December 2013. The scientific conference brought together more than 
300 participants from African National Medicines Regulatory Authorities 
(NMRAs), foreign NMRAs, members of ethics committees and/or Institutional 
Review Boards (IRB), industry representatives, regulatory affairs 
professionals, scientists, academia, health financing specialists, and 
development partners in health and pharmaceutical Sectors in Africa.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, African Union 
Commission and WHO in collaboration with partners are therefore organizing the 
second SCoMRA as part of its mission to promote research, innovation and 
stakeholder awareness on the progress made in medical products regulatory 
systems in Africa.

The overall goal of the Second Biennial SCoMRA is to enable stakeholders to 
discuss how to strategically position medical products regulatory systems as a 
key aspect in facilitating research, innovation and local production of the 
needed medical products for diseases disproportionately affecting the people of 

The specific objectives of the Second Biennial SCoMRA are:

  To take stock of the progress made in the implementation of key 
made by the First Scientific Conference

  To review trends in regulation of medical products and share advances and 
best practices in regulatory systems for fostering delivery of the needed new 
products and innovations

  To agree on approaches for accelerating regional and continental 
collaboration in
medicines regulation

  To agree on approaches for fast-tracking implementation of good manufacturing
practice (GMP) standards by local manufacturers as part of implementation of 
PMPA and AU Roadmap on shared responsibility and global solidarity for response 
to HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

  To provide a platform for deliberating on the role of medical products 
regulation in the implementation of Africa’s post 2015 development agenda and 
Agenda 2063
 To provide a platform to enhance collaboration and networking among policy 
makers, regulators, industry, academia, scientific community and civil society.

The conference will be structured in the following sub-themes:

  Theme I: Medical Products Regulatory Systems in Africa in the advent of 
integration and regulatory harmonisation

  Theme II: ICT for advancing regulation of medical products in Africa

  Theme III: Clinical Trial Oversight in Africa: promoting Research and 

  Theme IV: Advancing local production of medical products for Africa – Where 

  Theme V: The future of medical products regulation in Africa: Post 2015
development agenda

The purpose of this Call for Abstracts is to request potential participants in 
the second Biennial SCoMRA to submit abstracts that relate to the overall 
theme, sub-themes and specific objectives of the conference.

The conference is expected to bring together participants from a wide range of 
professionals and practitioners including Regulators form National Medicines 
Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs) in Africa; Regulators from other NMRA partnering 
with Africa; Members of Ethics Committees/Institutional Review Boards (IRB); 
Clinical Trials sponsors; Industry representatives; Policy Makers in Health, 
Finance and Trade and Industry, law makers from National, Regional Parliaments 
and the Pan African Parliament (PAP); AMRH Partners and other partners involved 
in regulatory work in Africa; Stakeholders involved in other aspects of medical 
products regulations including control of food, cosmetics; control of narcotics 
and psychotropic substances etc; Regional Economic Communities (RECs) 
representatives; Researchers; Academia; and Development Partners in Health and 
Pharmaceutical Sectors in Africa.

Interested participants should submit an abstract of at least 250 words and not 
more than 300 words using the attached abstract submission form by 30 September 
2015 by email to margarets@nepad.org and copy paulk@nepad.org and 
Schedule of Key Dates 30th September 2015

Deadline for Abstracts  31st October 2015

Information of Acceptance 15th November 2015

Submission of Full Paper  20th November 2015

Submission of PowerPoint presentation  20th November 2015
Conference Dates  30th Nov – 1st Dec 2015

Participants who would like to apply for financial support to attend the 
conference and make presentations should indicate in the abstract submission 


   2nd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa 
Regulatory Systems Strengthning for advancing Research, Innovation and local 
pharmaceutical production in Africa 30th November – 1st December 2015Addis 
Ababa, Ethiopia
 Title First Name/s Surname Sex Position Institution Department Physical 
Address Postal Address City/Town Country Email/s Office Phone/s Mobile Phone/s 
Skype Will the presenter require funding? Title of Abstract Conference 
Sub-theme Preferred type of submission (Check with xOral Paper Poster Name and 
institutions of authors (1. is the Presenter; new rows may be created for new 
authors as necessary)1.      2.      Abstract (minimum 250 and max 300 words) 
Key words (5) Where have you first heard about AMRH Programme and the 
scientific conference? Any comment you would like to make?        Submission 
Guideline ·       Abstracts should be submitted responding to a specific 
sub-theme of the conference by filling this  form
·       Abstracts must be written in English or French and between 250 and not 
more than 300 words
·       The organizing  committee will review and communicate only  to 
successful applicants for full paper submission
·       The organizing committee will issue conditional acceptance to the 
authors concerned once their paper proposal has been chosen for presentation 
and request made to them to register for the conference 
Submission of abstracts and completed abstract submission forms should be sent 
as email attachments to: margarets@nepad.org and copy paulk@nepad.org and 
chimwemwec@nepad.org Format for submission:                      Microsoft Word
Font:                                                  Arial 11.5 Only those 
applicants whose abstracts are accepted will be contacted. Abstracts that are 
submitted after the submission deadline will not be considered and the 
organizers will not be held responsible for any such late submissions. All 
abstracts must be submitted in either English or French or both languages. They 
must also meet the word number and font requirements. Abstracts submitted in a 
different language will not be considered and the organizers will not be held 
responsible for not considering any such abstracts. Submitted abstracts that 
are accepted may be published by the conference organizers in a Book of 
Abstracts or in other publications and reference will be made to the source of 
the abstracts. Due to limited time available for oral presentations during the 
conference, some of the abstracts that are accepted may only be published in 
the book of abstracts.
 More information on logistics such as registration procedures, accommodation, 
conference venue, transport etc, will be made available soon on the website 
www.amrh.org .
 African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) Programme
NEPAD Agency Science, Technology & Innovation Hub (NSTIH)
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
Tel: +27 12 841 2833; +27 12 841 4979; +27 12 841 2980/82
 Fax: +27128414414
CSIR Building 10F, 1st Floor
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