Essential medicines and health products

Improving quality for better treatment and greater access


Publication details

Number of pages: 7
Publication date: October 2012
Languages: English


Quality in medicines is one of the cornerstones of health care and has a major impact on access and cost. Medicines of good quality improve the chances of successful treatment for individual patients and promote better outcomes for public health in general.

The Prequalification of Medicines Programme (PQP) is a unique initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) that works to evaluate medicines quality to improve treatment results in developing countries and beyond. It was established in 2001 in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, to guide UN agencies purchasing large quantities of antiretroviral (ARV)...