Training Courses - ISoP - Asia 2013 Symposium, Singapore
Coordinators: Jean-Christophe Delumeau, Kenneth Hartigan-Go and Andrew Bate
The ISoP-Asia Symposium 2013, held from 19th to 21st of March in Singapore, was attended by 78 representatives from 22 countries.
In addition to the lectures given by ISoP Executive Committee members and representatives from the WHO-Uppsala Monitoring Centre, the symposium gave representatives from Asian Health Authorities the opportunity to present the status of the pharmacovigilance systems in their countries and to report recent achievements.
The six panel discussions interacting with the audience addressed the impact on safety monitoring taking into account the differing medical practices across South East Asian countries. The challenges faced with improving adverse reaction reporting and the country-specific factors have been addressed as well as when considering the implementation of risk minimisation methods. Interestingly, there was a clear consensus to support efforts to further harmonise safety regulatory requirements as appropriate across Asia particularly within the ASEAN area, and for upgrading national safety databases to reach E2B compatibility.
Based upon the feed-back forms completed by a majority of participants, the Symposium met, and for some even surpassed, the expectations of the audience to the extent that comments were received such as ‘the best pharmacovigilance conference organised in the region so far’.
The combination of academic and country specific presentations and the importance given to panel discussions as well was viewed positively. There is a clear demand for renewing this event in the future, and to extend the participation of pharmacovigilantes even further beyond the 22 countries that participated. This should include for example China and Japan next time. The focus should be on specific topics such as causality assessment, signal detection, audits and inspection, and risk minimisation methods suitable for Asian countries.
ISoP is committed to follow-up on this first ISoP-Asia Symposium.
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