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Managing Conflicts of Interest in National Pharmaceutical Systems


About the Learning Exchange – This activity is currently active

A conflict of interest is “conflict between the public duty and private interests of public officials, in which public officials have private-capacity interests which could improperly influence the performance of their official duties and responsibilities”. Public pharmaceutical decision making is particularly susceptible to conflicts of interest because pharmaceutical systems are complex and often involve discretionary decision making which may not have adequate checks and balances. Public pharmaceutical committees and agencies help decide, among other things, which medicines governments approve for marketing and include in national essential medicines and reimbursement lists; hence influencing which medicines clinicians prescribe and the prices that the public pay for them. Institutions that convene or individuals who serve on committees may have relationships with private sector and other actors, creating a risk that public pharmaceutical decision making is not independent, impartial, and professional.

With facilitation by USAID MTaPS, the learning exchange will bring together a group of frontline practitioners, international experts and country representatives to both exchange and improve their national strategies for conflicts of interest management through cross-country virtual engagements.


Participating Countries

China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Sudan, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon, Uganda

Technical Facilitators

Andrew Brown, PhD, BPharm, GCHE
Senior Principal Technical Advisor
USAID Medicine, Technology, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program

Tamara Hafner, PhD
Principal Technical Advisor
MTaPS Program

Deirdre Dimancesco
Technical Officer, Health Products Policy and Standards
World Health Organization

Terence Fusire
Technical Officer, South-East Asia Region
World Health Organization

Taryn Vian, PhD
University of San Francisco

Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing

I Made Subagiarta, MD, MMSc
Senior Technical Advisor
MTaPS Program

Co-developed resources and shared learnings

  • WHO Manual “Managing conflicts of interest: A how-to guide for public pharmaceutical-sector committees in low- and middle-income countries” (forthcoming)

Other useful resources