WHO accords PQP certification to Indian vaccine maker GreenSignal Bio Pharma
The World Health Organisation (WHO), a UN Health agency has accorded PQP (Pre-qualification of Medicines Programme) certification to Chennai based GreenSignal Bio Pharma.
The Indian pharmaceutical company was accorded this certification for manufacturing a BCG (Bacillus Calmette–Guérin) vaccine. With this, it became second Indian company to get PQP certification from WHO.
What is PQP certification?
- PQP certification helps pharmaceutical companies to participate in the global immunisation programme which is facilitated through international procurement agencies such as UNICEF and others.
- These international institutions prefer WHO list of pre-qualified pharmaceutical products while making a decision on procurement for distribution in resource-limited nations.
GreenSignal Bio Pharma
The company is headed by former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswamy. It has a full-fledged BCG vaccine production facility at Thiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu having production capacity of 60 lakh vials. Presently, it is supplying BCG vaccine to the Government of India and Indonesia.