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December 31, 2020
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Regulatory capacity building in the Republic of Congo



To foster scientific excellence in the evaluation and supervision of medicines, for the benefit of public health, the Ministry in charge of health of the Republic of Congo has initiated a plan to strengthen the regulatory capacity of its Department of Pharmacy and Medicines implemented by its director, Dr Boniface OKOUYA.

This process is based on a strong commitment to pharmaceutical reform for which the law will be promulgated shortly. It is in this momentum that the Directorate of Pharmacy and Medicines in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africlinique project, a regulatory capacity building project in Central Africa (funded by the European Union through EDCTP), will carry out a self-assessment of its pharmaceutical regulatory system using the Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) developed by the WHO.


This self-assessment will allow the assessment of the level of maturity of pharmaceutical regulation in the country as well as the identification of gaps and the establishment of an institutional development plan.


All parties are committed to an effective implementation of the improvement measures that will result from this assessment




As part of its capacity building activities for regulatory authorities in Central Africa through the CANTAM and Africlinique projects, the FCRM participated from the 23rd to 24th October 2020 at the Cristal Hotel de Kintele, (north of Brazzaville) in developing a draft decree creating a national pharmacovigilance system in the Republic of Congo organised by the Directorate of Pharmacy and Medicines. This workshop aimed at:

Updating the above-mentioned draft decree (developed since 2011), before its submission for signature to the Minister in charge of Public Health;


Development of the national pharmacovigilance guide. The FCRM was represented by Mr Jolivet Mayela, in charge of the CANTAM and Africlinique projects


Our junior CRFilMT researcher, Ms Linda DJUNE, made substantial findings in the fight against Soil Transmitted helminths


December 31, 2020
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Webinar on grant writing

Webinar on grant writing, scientific writing and publication of articles in journals.

The Central Africa Clinical Research Network (CANTAM), with the aim of improving the writing capacities of scientific publications and project proposals of scientists in the subregion organised two training webinars on :


  1. Writing of a scientific publication, led by Prof TP Velavan from the University of Tubingen (Germany) on July 09, 2020, with objective of learning and transferring to participants the necessary skills required for writing and publishing quality articles in peer reviewed journals.

  2. Project and grant writing webinar, led by Dr Sylvie Kwedi from University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon), from 29th to 30th October 2020 with the objectives of strengthening the writing capacities of scientists in the sub-region was a serious identified gap.

These trainings brought together participants from all parts of Africa and beyond with an excellent feedback from these participants. Periodic sessions on these themes will henceforth be organised to better support scientists in the sub-region in particulared helminths


December 31, 2020
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Two days Webinar

Two days Webinar for regulatory authorities and research ethics committees in Central Africa, 05th - 06th August 2020.

As part of CANTAM activities (project to strengthen clinical research capacities in the Central African region) and also Africlinique (project to strengthen the capacity of regulatory authorities in Central Africa), FCRM organised a join event of two days ( 05th - 06th August 2020) webinar on theme: “Conditions of research conducted in preparation for or response to epidemics of infectious diseases”. This brought together regulatory authorities from Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, CAR, DRC and Chad. The participants presented the level of research regulations in their respective countries and brainstormed on the various challenges encountered in this season of the COVID-19 pandemic.


December 31, 2020
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Ethics training workshop

The EDCTP networks of excellence project managers (Networks acting in the strengthening of capacities in clinical research in the four regions of Africa) participated from 10 to 14 February 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to training on the evaluation of procedures for evaluating scientific protocols by the Ethics Committees, organised by the Pan-African Bioethics Network (PABIN). This workshop, which focused on the development of Ethical review capacities and good research practices, was a practical case because it involved a real time evaluation of the ethics review procedures of scientific protocols from Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Central African network (CANTAM) was represented by the CANTAM project manager, Mr Jolivet MAYELA


Jointly organized by EDCTP (The European and Developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa partnership on Clinical Trials), WHO-AFRO and the Republic of Congo. A Consultative Meeting for the Development of a Regional Strategy to Strengthen National Health Research Systems (NSS) in sub-Saharan Africa was held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on 17-18 October 2019.

The purpose and objective of this meeting was to review the results of NSS surveys in 2018 and to propose strategies to address the gaps and challenges identified by the NSS in the 2018 reports.

The main expected outcome of the meeting is the development of a regional strategy to improve the results of the NSS barometer for Member States

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Members of the Central Africa Clinical Research met at the PEFACO Hotel, MAYA MAYA, Brazzaville-Congo for the Annual Steering Committee meeting on the 4th & 5th November 2019.

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The first day (04th) was mainly a panel discussion over Vox TV on Scientific Research training and opportunities as well as ways to strengthen research capacities in Central African Region. This was in view to celebrate the World Science Day for Peace and Development, always celebrated on 10 November. The occasion to debate on emerging scientific issues and underline the importance and relevance of Science in our daily lives, encouraged by UNESCO by making our societies more sustainable. The theme for this year: "Open science, leaving no one behind."

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On November 5, 2019, the core day was to review the networks activities over the last two years and to make projection of pending milestones and deliverables of the network for future action.

Taking advantage of his visit to Brazzaville to participate in the WHO 29th Regional Programme Meeting at the AFRO Regional Office, the EDCTP Executive Director (Dr Michael MAKANGA) accompanied by the EDCTP High Representative for Africa (Dr Leonardo SIMAO SANTOS) with his delegation was received in audience by Mr Hans-Peter Schick, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Congo-Brazzaville on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

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Accompanied by the CANTAM coordination team, Dr. Michael MAKANGA, EDCTP Executive Director (African-Europe partnership on clinical trials) met the Minister of Science, technology and innovation of RoC, Mr. Aimé Parfait COUSSOUD-MAVOUNGOU.

This was the occasion for a fruitful exchange and advocacy for maintaining national support to CANTAM on this Tuesday, August 20th, 2019.

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Below the video link of the meeting on the CONGO-VOX Channel

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