Male latex condom: specification, prequalification and guidelines for procurement, 2010
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The male latex condom is an important medical device, and its manufacture needs to be regulated and controlled as such. This publication, Male Latex Condom: Specification, Prequalification and Guidelines for Procurement, 2010, provides the essential information required to achieve the procurement and distribution of a quality product.
For whom is this document intended?
This document is intended primarily for any policy-maker, manager or procurement officer who has the responsibility for procuring, supplying and promoting natural latex male condoms.
Individuals working in reproductive health care programmes, particularly STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and family planning programmes, should also review this document to understand why it is vitally important to establish systems that ensure that a quality product is manufactured, procured and promoted.
Bulk procurement agencies, testing laboratories and national regulatory authorities will also need to study this document in preparation for the manufacture, procurement and supply of condoms.
In addition to these primary users, the document will be useful to manufacturers, social marketing programmes, nongovernmental agencies and policy-makers as they work to improve the acceptability and use of condoms in their target populations.
Purpose of the document
This document describes a technically sound, systematic process to support the manufacture, prequalification, procurement and distribution of a quality product that can meet the needs of different populations in a broad spectrum of challenging environmental conditions.