20 October 2021– Ambassador Turner and Director Sherilynn Madraisau signed an agreement last month to continue Australia’s support in medicine quality assurance testing.

The Australian Government, through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provide access to Australian laboratory testing to provide quality assurance of selected medicines and pharmaceutical goods identified by Palau.

The Program which has been running in Palau since 2018, focuses on testing of medicines for non-communicable diseases (such as medicines for heart disease and diabetes), as well as antibiotics. The extension of the program now includes testing for goods related to the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Palau can also send medicines to TGA when there is a problem or a complaint.

The TGA supports laboratory testing across 13 countries including: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Please contact koror.embassy@dfat.gov.au with any questions.

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