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WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Information

WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Information

The Malaysia National Poison Centre (NPC) is a designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Information (Western-Pacific Region).  The inception on 6 April 1998 is in recognition for NPC’s initiatives and contributions to public health.
Under the original agreed Terms and Reference as a Collaborating Centre for Drug Information, the NPC committed to undertake the following:
  • To develop, establish and facilitate an electronic drug information exchange among Member States of the Western Pacific Region, in particular, and WHO in general.
  • To develop, update and implement training modules on Drug Information with emphasis for developing countries in the Western Pacific Region.
  • To conduct fellowship training on drug and poison information to promote the concept of rational drug use.
  • To collaborate with the WHO-Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) to develop computer applications on drug and phamacoinformatics and the development of a system to collect information on activities of drug utilisation, management, and policies, to identify priorities and needs.
  • To support countries and areas in the region to conceptualise, plan and set up drug information service tailored to individual needs.
There have two revisions to the original Terms and Reference since then to accommodate needs that are more current. 
This WHO CC provides yearly trainings on Drug and Poison Information and clerkship to pharmacy undergraduates from not only Universiti Sains Malaysia - its home institution - but also medical students from other local universities and colleges.  This training is also participated by health and medical personnel locally and from other countries such as, Norway, Sudan, Tanzania, Mongolia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan and   Indonesia.
This WHO CC has conducted the following programmes
  • The development of a specialised training programme towards building-capacity for tobacco control activities. It includes the development of training modules, interactive websites, workshops and preparation of report.
  • The development of an electronic monitoring system on counterfeit medicines for WHO-WPRO
  • Provide technical advice to the Ministry of Health (Mongolia, Cooks Islands, Fiji, Cyprus, Papua New Guinea and Qatar) on the setting up of a poison centre in the respective countries.
  • The development and maintenance of the WHO/Public NGO Database website on Drug Promotion
Organised and hosted the following meetings on request by the WHO
  • Meeting of the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Control
  • Second ASEAN Inter-sessional Meeting on Tobacco Control
  • ASEAN Consultation on the Impact of AFTA on Tobacco Trade and Health
  • Meeting on Policy Access and Rational Use, Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy
  • Promoting Ethical Practices in Medicine Registration and Procurement
  • Training-of-Trainers (TOT) Drug Therapeutic Committee
  • Media Advocacy for Tobacco Control
  • MPOWER Workshop and Training for China, Vietnam and Philippines
 
The current head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Information is Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Isa Abdul Majid (since 2017)