Stakeholders meeting of the project "Access to high quality herbal medicines in Vietnam"

Following a working visit to HUP in April 2017 by the German International Cooperation Development Agency (GIZ), the Thai International Cooperation Development Agency (TICA) and Professors of Chulalongkorn University, from 21st to 23rd November 2017, a meeting between stakeholders of the project "Access to high quality herbal medicines in Vietnam" under Polifund project funded by TICA and GIZ was organized at HUP campus.

Attending the meeting, there were representatives of German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Chulalongkorn University. For the practical training institutions of Hanoi University of Pharmacy, there were: National Institute of Drug Quality Control (NIDQC), Vietnam Pharmaceutical Companies Association, Traphaco Joint Stock Company, Nam Duoc Joint Stock Company, Mediplantex National Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company, Central Pharmaceutical CPC1 Joint Stock Company and lecturers from Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Botany, Department of Pharmacognosy. The main content of this meeting was to improve the quality of practical training in the field of pharmaceutical technology and drug quality assurance.
Many discussions and negotiations to clarify the requirements for completing the implementation plan were presented by the stakeholders throughout the meeting, especially on Project Steering Committee meeting with the purpose of making recommendations to improve the training quality to meet the needs of the society and offer an experimental program.
At the end of the meeting, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh (HUP) said that as the duration of project implementation was short, it was necessary to propose reasonable and feasible contents. For the project implemented in only six months, it is impossible to develop and apply the pilot curriculum. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh suggested that the parties should consider the review and adjustment of their activities in the following directions: (1) With reference to curriculum regarding herbal medicines and practical training programs implemented in Germany and Thailand, project should review and adjust the practical training curriculum currently implemented at HUP; (2) Segment and focus on improving the program in certain contents (e.g.: GMP and QA, QC); (3) The cooperation among Institute, University and Enterprise in improving the quality of pharmaceutical training in Vietnam is the approach in the coming period of HUP to meet the integration needs. On behalf of the HUP directorate board, he expressed his thanks to GIZ and TICA for their interest and support for the project.
* Mr. Rabien Dirk, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) said the project’s long-term goal was to improve the quality of herbal medicines for consumers and he was delighted to support this pilot program.
*Dr. Christina, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), encouraged HUP to focus on activities that GIZ could support for future expansion.
*Ms. Vitida Sivakua, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) concluded that the meeting was very effective and Thailand was willing to help and support the project and proposed Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh to assign HUP’s staff to work for the project.
After 3 effective working days, the Project Steering Committee was appointed with the representatives of the project partners. The parties committed to cooperate in implementing and ensuring the objectives as well as expected outputs of the project.
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