The 1st Annual Meeting of South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) was organised at New Delhi, India, from 11-12 April 2017. The WHO South-East Asia Region Member States launched SEARN at this meeting to enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of medical product regulatory practices across the Region to guarantee access to quality medical products.
The meeting was attended by 50 participants and technical experts from nine Member States of the Region.
The 2nd Annual Meeting of SEARN was held at Colombo, Sri Lanka from 21-23 March 2018. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Asita de Silva, Chairman of the National Medicine Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka. It was attended by 61 participants and technical experts from the Member States of the Region, WHO-HQ, and other organizations such as Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The 3rd Annual Meeting of SEARN was held at New Delhi, India from 24-25 April 2019. It was preceded by a meeting for preparatory work by the Steering Group and the five Working Groups on 23 April 2019.
A total of 68 participants attended the meeting, including representatives from National Regulatory Authorities of SEARN Member States; WHO Hq, South-East Asia Regional Office and Country Office for India; and technical experts from BMGF, Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) Australia, Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) Switzerland, and Center of Regulatory Excellence, Singapore.
Resource persons included technical experts from specialized organisations such as THSTI, National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), Ministry of Science & Technology, Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone, United States Pharmacopoeia and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.