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Conference Venue

The Final Coordination Meeting of the Regional Project "Strengthening and Improving Radiopharmacy Services (AFRA)" will take place in Kampala (Uganda) from 23rd - 27th April 2018 at Hotel Africana

Organizers

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Energy and mineral development and National Drug Authority.

Background Information:

Over the years, the Agency has assisted a number of Member States to develop capacity for local production and administration of radiopharmaceuticals. Within the regional project RAF/2/004 (1995-1996) the Agency assisted the participating Member States to build capacity for in-house (hospital) preparation and quality control of the most widely used radiopharmaceuticals, including the safe handling of radionuclides and the use and maintenance of lab equipment. This support has continued under the project RAF/2/008 (2009-2013) with the objective to strengthen radiopharmacy in support of in vivo and in vitro nuclear medicine in Africa. Indeed, with the support of the Agency, small-scale preparations in hospital pharmacies, nuclear medicine departments and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) centres are now being done in a few Nuclear Medicine centers in Africa and represent an important segment of applications.

Nevertheless, as with all other medical procedures, there are elements of risk to the patient associated with preparation and administration of radiopharmaceuticals. In most African countries, the production, import/export and administration of all drugs are strictly regulated by the respective national drug authorities. This is not quite so when it comes to radiopharmaceuticals. Most national drugs authorities do not have the capacity to regulate radiopharmaceuticals. Therefore, in addition to providing training for radiopharmacists, project RAF/6/049 (2014-2017) aimed to assist participating African Member States to develop and implement effective independent system for regulation of production and administration of radiopharmaceuticals.

Target countries:

Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Objective:

  • Conduct thorough and in-depth review of the project achievements and share national results and lessons learned
  • Review the operational and regulatory training facilities available in the African region for compounding and advanced practices in radiopharmacy
  • Conduct discussions in order to reach a mutual decision on the way forward for radiopharmacy education and training.
  • Update the status of radiopharmaceutical regulation in the region.
Expected Output(s):

First and Final Coordination Meeting report including recommendations.