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Introduction of China Nonprescription Medicines Association

来源:时间:2015年01月06日

China Nonprescription Medicines Association (CNMA) was founded in May 1988. The principle of CNMA is to provide service for all members in medicine industry and make effort to improve the production of nonprescription medicine and boost the level of operation and management.

The mission of CNMA is: build up the communication channel between member companies and related government sectors; make proposals for the policy and regulations concerning the production and business operation of nonprescription medicines and healthcare foods(dietary/food supplements); provide consultant, training and information services to its members; spread correct and reasonable knowledge on self-medication to the consumers; carry out international communication and cooperation.

Since its establishment, CNMA actively carried out international communication activities, introduced the administrative regulations and related information on nonprescription medicines into domestic enterprises and related government sectors and promoted the enforcement of the classification system for medicine administration in China.

In 1996, China officially brought forward the issue that "establish and improve the classification administration system for prescription and nonprescription medicines" as one of important tasks in the reform and development of health-care system. CNMA followed suit to actively organize a series of promotion and training programme and had gained good result. In August 1998, the State Drug Administration (SDA) started to operate officially. SDA has issued a series of administrative regulations on medicine supervision and administration including the drug classification system. In July 1999, The Classification Administration System of prescription and Nonprescription Drugs (Tentative rule) and the first official OTC list were issued officially. Hereafter, CNMA widely carried out the work in education and research, which played an active role in the enforcement of the drug classification administration. After 2000, CNMA built up wide channels with chain pharmacies throughout China in the process of directing chain pharmacies to improve their pharmaceutical service. In 2002, CNMA advocate the implementation of GPP in China and got good response in public.

Since the establishment of CNMA, the number of members is continuously growing. Currently, there are more than 350 members including pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, chain pharmacies, organizations specialized in research, education or consulting, media and advertising companies etc.. CNMA also successively founded two subsidiaries-Marketing Committee and Self-Medication  

Education Committee, which respectively carry out the activities aiming to promote the marketing level for nonprescription medicine and improve the public's knowledge on self-medication.

China Nonprescription Medicines Association would make great effort to play its role as the Non-government organization (NGO) under the new circumstance, abide by the principle and mission of itself with the support from its members to improve the drug Classification Administration system, facilitate the development of self-medication industry and guarantee the medicine usage safety for the people.



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