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Quality assurance

Quality assurance is a wide-ranging concept covering all activities that individually or collectively influence the quality of a pharmaceutical product. The aim is to ensure that medicines reaching the patient are safe, effective and of a defined quality.


Quality control

Quality control refers to the sum of all procedures undertaken to ensure the identity and purity of a particular pharmaceutical product. Such procedures may range from the performance of simple experiments to determine the identity, to the more complicated requirements of pharmacopoeial monographs.


R

RBF

RBF is the acronym of results-based financing: cash or non-monetary benefit provided against measurable actions or achievement. Often synonymous with PBF and PBI.

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RDC

République Démocratique du Congo


RDU

RDU is the acronym of rational drug use.

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Routine data sources

Routine data sources are resources that provide data collected on a continuous basis, such as patient lists kept by hospitals, medicine consumption records kept by pharmacies, or the inventory reports of warehouses.


RUM

RUM is the acronym for rational use of medicines.

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RUMER

Registre d’Utilisation des Médicaments Essentiels et des Recettes


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S

Semestre


Safety stock

The safety stock is the amount of stock that is always kept in reserve in case a product is unavailable from the supplier or a sudden increase in demand occurs. This amount may be determined as a number of months multiplied by the average monthly consumption, or calculated as a percentage of the annual quantity required.



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