Essential Medicines

South East Asia Regulatory Network “SEARN”



Healthy populations with timely access to affordable medical products of assured quality, safety and efficacy in all countries of the South-East Asia region and beyond.


To develop and strengthen regulatory collaboration, convergence and reliance in the South-East Asia region over shared regulatory issues and challenges, that will build capacity and will enable National Regulatory Authorities to fulfill their mandates and better safeguard public health.


  • Information sharing: Create an enabling environment to enhance communication and information sharing on regulatory policies, guidelines, standards, procedures, outputs and regulated products and entities between national regulatory authorities in the region.
  • Systems strengthening: Facilitate and support regulatory capacity development to enhance regulatory skills and competencies and strengthen regulatory systems in the region.
  • Convergence: Promote convergence and alignment of regulatory approaches and requirements based on international standards and good regulatory practices.
  • Collaboration: Identify and develop potential work sharing and reliance processes to help address common work areas and optimize use of existing regulatory capacities and expertise available in the region.

National Drug Regulatory Authorities of SEAR countries

Country National Drug Regulatory Authority
Bangladesh Directorate General of Drug Administration
Bhutan Drug Regulatory Authority
DPR Korea National Drug Regulatory Authority (No website)
India Central Drugs Standard Control Organization
Indonesia National Agency of Drug and Food Control
Maldives Maldives Food and Drug Authority
Myanmar Food & Drug Administration
Nepal Department of  Drug Administration
Sri Lanka Cosmetics, Devices & Drug Regulatory Authority
Thailand Food & Drug Administration
Timor-Leste Deptt. of Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Control of Medicines (DOP) with (CRAF)
No designated authority yet. Details available on Ministry of Health website

Steering Committee Structure

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Steering Committee TOR

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