Republic of Congo Signs the Treaty for the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA)

Republic of Congo Signs the Treaty for the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA)

Heads of States and Government adopted the AMA treaty during their 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly on 11 February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Republic of Congo becomes the eighteenth AU member state that has signed the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicine Agency (AMA) on 15 October 2020, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Heads of States and Government adopted the AMA treaty during their 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly on 11 February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The African Medicine Agency will enter into force once ratified by fifteen African Union member states. 

Three-member states have deposited instruments of ratification at the Commission. AMA will serve as the continental regulatory body that will provide regulatory leadership, to ensure that there are harmonized and strengthened regulatory systems, which govern the regulation of medicines and medical products on the African continent.

The Agency will regulate the access to safe, effective, good quality and affordable essential medicines and health technologies. AMA will do this through coordination of on-going regulatory systems, strengthening and harmonizing efforts of the AUC, RECs, Regional Health Organizations (RHOs) and member states, providing regulatory guidance.