Conference explores best practices to strengthen regulatory systems for health products

The Centre of Regulatory Excellence (CoRE) at the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School (Duke-NUS) is hosting its second Scientific Conference from 25th to 26th October 2016 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.  Themed “Frontiers in Good Regulatory Practice”, the Conference is a platform for international and regional regulators, industry, academia and other partners to explore practical and tangible approaches to enhancing health products regulatory systems and processes.

Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health, Singapore, will be delivering an opening address. Professor Guido Rasi, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency, will deliver a keynote lecture on “New Frontiers in International Regulatory Science”.

Recognising the need to strengthen national regulatory systems in the Asia-Pacific region, CoRE was established in November 2014 to address the critical needs of both public and private bodies in regulatory capability, leadership and policy innovation. 

Robust and efficient regulatory systems create a stable regulatory environment, which is necessary in protecting public health, enabling access to safe, effective and good medicines, medical devices and therapies, and encouraging innovation in biomedical R&D.  These are outcomes that will ultimately benefit patients and healthcare systems. The presence of strong regulatory systems also support growth in the healthcare industry by facilitating timely entry into the market and boosting confidence in the safety and quality of the products.

CoRE held its inaugural conference last year focused on the goal to achieve regulatory excellence in the Asia-Pacific, with a specific focus in South-East Asia, through collaboration and convergence.  Returning to the overarching theme of regulatory convergence in CoRE’s second Scientific Conference, Associate Professor John Lim, Executive Director of CoRE, said, “It is important that we adopt realistic, pragmatic and science-based approaches to strengthen and enhance our practices and systems while looking at new frontiers for collaboration and innovation.”

About 200 participants are attending this year’s Conference which covers four key themes, including recent innovative trends in healthcare product development, coordinated approaches to strengthening regulatory systems, sharing of best regulatory practices and anticipated transformation of the healthcare landscape in the near future.