Egypt’s AUPP & EDA and Militarization of Drug Sector

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Abbas Qabbari

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Before the establishment of the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply and Technology Management (AUPP) and the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) by Law No. 151 of 2019 which was issued on 25 August 2019 and entered into force six months after issuance, that is, on February 24, 2020, the entity concerned with the organizational, executive and technical management in all the institutions and bodies that took over the drug and pharmaceutical sector in Egypt had been the Ministry of Health and its affiliated bodies; being undisputed in domination of everything related to drugs, owning all its tools according to the founding and regulatory laws throughout its history.

However, since the issuance of Law 151 of 2019, the two new bodies have acquired most – if not all – of the powers, specializations, and tasks of the Ministry of Health, with regard to drugs and pharmaceutical oversight.

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