EAC Supports Registration Of Veterinary Vaccines

visit web geneva;”>seek sans-serif;”>This initiative is aimed at harmonizing for sale sans-serif;”>regional veterinary regulations and legislation for the registration of the vaccines established in the region in order to eliminate the need for duplication of assessments.

This was discussed by the EAC Partner States livestock and veterinary experts on Tuesday during the two-day meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, EAC’s Director for Productive Sectors Dr. Nyamajeje Weggoro said a harmonized registration system in the region is of utmost importance for the development of the animal industry by enhancing quality of vaccines while reducing their cost.

“The establishment of a harmonized registration system in which licenses can be issued through mutual recognition procedures will benefit the EAC countries by reducing time and duplication of dossier assessments,” said Dr Weggoro.

He added: “This will allow a faster introduction of good quality vaccines and related immunologicals onto the East African markets at a reduced cost.”


Dr Weggoro noted that animals and their products contribute significantly to the wellbeing and food security for the people of the region and hence the need to ensure that all the inputs used for animal production including chemicals, drugs and vaccines are safe and meet recommended standards.

He said the EAC Common Market Protocol requires that a common mechanism for drugs and immunologicals is put in place to ensure easy movement and availability in all the Partner States.

Present at the meeting, the Director of the African Union Pan African Vaccine Centre (AU-PANVAC) Dr. Karim Tounkara emphasized the need to develop an efficient control system that allows the distribution and use of only quality certified products in Africa.

The meeting was attended by EAC Partner States’ Chief Veterinary Officers, Heads of Regulatory Authorities, Technical Working Groups, AU PANVAC, GALVmed and experts from Sudan and South Sudan.

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