The National Directorate of Medicines of El Salvador will lead Central American health surveillance

The national director of medicine, Noe García, was appointed coordinator of the Committee of Directors of Sanitary Regulation of Central America, which is part of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

At the recent conclave of the institution, held between June 9 and 10, the representatives of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama elected García to take the reins of health regulation in the region.

«We are going to work so that all the institutions in the region that are homologous to the National Directorate of Medicines can coordinate efforts and strengthen the industry,» the elected coordinator promised.

In this sense, he added that it is necessary for the Central American authorities to work together «to streamline procedures and generate new businesses, especially guaranteeing that the products available to the population are of high quality, safe, and effective.»

The purpose of the committee is to promote projects aimed at strengthening the health of Central American regulatory bodies, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and manage training, congresses, and the development of areas such as pharmacovigilance, technovigilance, and new technologies.

The instance will meet at least twice a year, depending on the needs. In addition, each representative will have the opportunity to meet bilaterally with his counterpart and resolve setbacks that may be delaying processes or procedures.