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Parliament Seeks Comment on Medicines Bill


Parliament is calling for comment on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill.

According to a statement published on the parliamentary website, the portfolio committee on health of the national assembly expects written comments and requests for oral submissions to be in by midday on 3 October.

Health Human Research Rules Set Down

Department of Health

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has published regulations governing research with human participants.

The guidelines, drawn up in terms of sections 71 and 90 of the National Health Act (61 of 2003), are announced in the Government Gazette of 19 September 2014 (38000 / 719).

Health to Divest From BIOVAC

Department of Health

The department of health is to transfer its shares in the Biological and Vaccines Institute (BIOVAC) to the department of science and technology.

Cabinet has approved the transfer because of the conflict of interest concerns raised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), objecting that health was acting as shareholder of the company and buyer of its products.