A Proposal for Human Capacity Development in Regulatory Scientists in sub-Saharan Africa
A Proposal for Human Capacity Development in Regulatory Scientists in sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract

The strengthening of national medicines regulatory agencies across Africa is a front-burner subject in the literature as the continent implements medicine regulatory harmonization. Foundational to any initiative to strengthen the regulatory capacities of countries in the region is a strong workforce of regulatory scientists. Although there are ongoing programs in the continent to build human capacity in regulatory sciences, the goal has not been achieved. Thus, the purpose of this research is to explore how educators and institutions can develop and implement online competence-based regulatory sciences education in sub-Saharan Africa to complement other initiatives. We intend to use the competence-based educational model to create a pilot online Competence-Based Regulatory Sciences Education (CBRSE) module nuanced with the competency requirements of regulatory scientists in sub-Saharan Africa. We will evaluate the pilot module to determine its potential impact in assisting regulatory scientists in acquiring required competencies.

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