Quality assurance for medicines and nutrition products
Ensuring the safety and quality of sensitive products that support children’s healthcare
UNICEF procures pharmaceutical products only from pre-qualified manufacturers that comply with international guidelines and standards, undergoing regular inspections of manufacturing sites.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers that supply products for UNICEF must comply with the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and must be approved by our quality assurance team.
Manufacturers of nutrition products like Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food must comply with applicable Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines as issued in the Codex Alimentarius, as well as ISO 22000. See also our Food Safety Policy.
Goods Receipt Inspection
Our warehouse in Copenhagen is licensed to store and distribute pharmaceutical products. Here, products are sampled and checked for compliance to specifications and quality standards. Random samples are quality checked in accordance with an annual test plan and forwarded to an external accredited laboratory for analysis.
Direct shipments of pharmaceuticals and nutrition products to field offices around the world are subject to pre-delivery inspection and analytical testing to ensure compliance with specifications and quality standards.
Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme
UNICEF is a partner to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S), whose mission is "to lead the international development, implementation and maintenance of harmonised Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and quality systems of inspectorates in the field of medicinal products."