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Feedback on Industry meeting with Nicholas Crisp on 27 February 2012. Jaco van Biljon 23 March 2012. South Africa Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) - Background. Still government policy to implement a new HA Fundamental changes are required

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Industry meeting with Nicholas Crisp on 27 February 2012

Jaco van Biljon

23 March 2012

south africa health products regulatory authority sahpra background
South Africa Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) - Background
  • Still government policy to implement a new HA
  • Fundamental changes are required
  • Full implementation can take up to 5 years
  • Many grey areas to be covered
    • E.g. Act 101/1965 and Act 72/2008 refer to devices - no intention to regulate them yet
  • Act 72/2008 was signed by the president – never promulgated
  • Part of backlog project was to conceptualize a new Regulator, as a separate juristic person with the structure:
  • What kind of juristic person required ?

Minister of Health

CEO

Advisory Committee

public entities
Public Entities

Public Finance Management Act (PFMA)

  • Provides for several options within governmental departments
  • However, no provision for such an entity in the Department of Health

Public entities

      • Autonomous
      • Report to Treasury
      • Must have a governing body
  • Act 72/2008 makes no provision for a governing body !
  • Unions are not in favour of parastatals
act 72 2008
Act 72/2008
  • Went back to cabinet
  • SAHPRA was endorsed as public entity
  • SAHPRA name was approved – contradicts the removal of definition of “health product”
  • Without a governing board
  • With a CEO and Advisory Committee
  • Amendments :
    • e.g. removed the definition of a “health product”
    • Transitional provisions were strengthened

Not circulated for public comment – for reason : no substantive change

Still awaiting the parliamentary approval process

feedback
Feedback

….. 5 year implementation period though !

  • Backlog crisis was acknowledged
  • Assurance that the new HA will bring relief
      • No corruption, abuse and interpretation issues
  • New HA cannot be implemented until the Act is amended
  • New HA will take care of
      • CAMS
      • Food
      • Devices
      • Cosmetics
      • Disinfectants
      • African traditional medicines
new project team
New project team
  • Project lead : Charles Dalton & Nicholas Crisp
  • Legal ( 2 persons to draft amendments and write new regulations)
  • IT ( 2 persons looking at the IT challenges in Civitas, e.g. own servers, implement EDMS, convert CTD to eCTD)
  • Finance (2 persons working on fees structure)
  • Industry interface person : Allison Vienings

Tasked to -

  • Determine specific capacities required to manage the various sectors
  • Extend the organogram
  • Write the job descriptions of each position (40 is already done, need more !)
  • Develop HR necessities
  • Conditions of service for employees
  • Infra structure development
        • Existing regulations and changes converted into new regulations and replace current references to Registrar, Council, etc. with new terminology
        • Close the gaps and write unambiguous regulations covering all sectors
    • Write new regulations for devices inline with global standards and nomenclature
conclusions
Conclusions
  • New HA cannot function independently as long as they are situated in the Civitas building
  • Infrastructure proposal to be completed soonest
  • Budget available to the project team will last until June/July 2012
  • Challenging task to complete the infrastructure proposal in only 6 months
  • Amended Act 72/2008 must complete the approval process and be promulgated
  • Transition from MCC to new HA will need careful planning
  • The current backlog will not be immediately relieved with implementation of the new HA
  • Additional personnel for the new HA needs to be recruited and trained
  • Industry proposals for
    • Abbreviated review process for NCEs
    • “Blue print’ dossier for generics

will receive no consideration prior to implementation of the new HA