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NEW YORK, NY, May 07, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The APEC Harmonization Center (AHC), established under the authority of the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF), will be hosting its inauguration ceremony and a workshop on multi-regional clinical trials on the 15-18 of June at the Seoul Grand Hilton Hotel. This is the first of three workshops that will be hosted by the AHC in 2009.
The inauguration ceremony, to be held at 11:00 am on June 15th, will mark the establishment of the AHC as a platform to address and solve priority concerns of APEC member economies on regulatory harmonization in the life sciences sector. The center is based in Seoul and sponsored by Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) and operated by the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) as the Secretariat.
Equally important as the launching event of the AHC is the workshop to follow, taking place June 15-17. The workshop will include many insightful presentations and discussion sessions on multi-regional clinical trials and will raise awareness and understanding on the topic, particularly among developing economies that may not be familiar with some of the issues. In this context, the workshop will also explore the broader benefits and challenges of regulatory harmonization in the APEC region and will serve as an educational forum for regulators and policy makers, thus equipping key stakeholders to develop effective harmonization strategies. In addition, the first meeting of the LSIF Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee will take place June 17-18 and will further raise awareness and understanding on the key issues, as well as develop next steps in response to APEC's goal of effective facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment among APEC economies.
The AHC in collaboration with the APEC LSIF and International Conference on Harmonization, KFDA and KHIDI are making the final preparations for these events. APEC economy government officials, drug regulatory authorities, as well as members of public and private sectors have been invited to participate.
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