Essential medicines and health products

Medicines quality assurance

Quality assurance is a wide-ranging concept covering all matters that individually or collectively influence the quality of a product. With regard to pharmaceuticals, quality assurance can be divided into major areas: development, quality control, production, distribution, and inspections.

The Medicines Quality Assurance Programme, contributes to public health by enabling quality medicines to reach patients through:

  • developing norms, standards and guidelines for quality assurance
  • developing The International Pharmacopoeia
  • establishing International Chemical Reference Substances (ICRS)
  • collaborating with numerous stakeholders
  • providing country support

Current projects


The following list of items represents the work that is currently underway within the Quality Assurance team.