concern with equity also motivated it to consider the problems of the poorest countries as well.

This report identifies the main common problems in food and medical product safety across a range of countries and product lines. The committee concluded that developing countries have consistent problems with adherence to international standards, controlling supply chains, infrastructure deficits, laws, their workforce, institutional fragmentation, surveillance, communication, and political will.

The 13 recommendations put forth in this report represent the committee’s consensus view of how to best bridge the gaps in food and medical product regulatory systems in low- and middle-income countries. These are multi-sectoral recommendations that have scope for implementation by a variety of actors. The committee believes that the changes it suggests could greatly improve the safety of food and medical products around the world.


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