Towards a more efficient medicine regulatory system

~ NMRA together with Epic Technology Group launch Phase 1 of Document and Workflow Management System The first phase of the digitalization project of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority was launched at an event held at the NMRA in the presence of the Minister of Health Hon. Rajitha Senaratne. The project was initiated in partnership with Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka where the tech giant Epic Technology Group was selected as the service provider. The new system – a pioneering transformational e-government solution, is expected to enable the NMRA’s divisions to bring down processing time significantly. The initiative came with the review of the current system as being inefficient by the NMRA team headed by the Chairman of NMRA Prof. Asita de Silva and CEO/DG Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe with Shriyananda Rathnayake,  Programme Manager of ICTA, supporting closely.  The new System is based on Epic Technology Group’s DoxPro Enterprise Content Management Platform, which aims to lower the cost of operations and save thousands of labour hours spent annually on regulatory process, and thereby enable the NMRA to achieve regulatory excellence through its end to end Information-as-a-service model. Commenting on the launch of Phase 01, Dr. Nayan Dehigama, Executive Chairman of Epic Technology Group  stated that the group was honoured to have been awarded the project and for the opportunity to work alongside the NMRA and ICTA. “As a local leader in technology, it is our responsibility to contribute to enhancing and upgrading such systems that will benefit the general public”. The Chairman of NMRA describing the current manual systems as “archaic and inefficient” believes that the Medicines Regulator expects Epic’s DoxPro “end to end Information-as-a-service” model would “exponentially lower the cost of operations, save thousands of labour hours annually spent on regulatory process and help the NMRA achieve regulatory excellence”. About NMRA: NMRA is the institution in which the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka has vested the authority to ensure that the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and borderline products available to the public meet the required standards of quality and are within the existing legislative framework with respect to the production, marketing and dispensing of these items. About Epic Technology Group: Epic Technology Group is Sri Lanka’s premier technology conglomerate with two decades of expertise in developing and delivering secure payment automation solutions. Its vast product portfolio, ranging from secure payments, information systems security, secure mobile communications and secure document management solutions is proven to be instrumental in taking businesses and operations to the next level. Epic also claims the pride of being the first and the only Sri Lankan Company to get a secure payment product certified by the international payment giants including Visa International, Master Card and American Express. With its own in-house Research & Innovation Centre, Epic Lanka is geared to innovate futuristic, cutting edge solutions for the local and global markets.  

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