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50 Years of Development: Semashko Forum saw a session on the half century of the FSI “SID & GP”

A session dedicated to the creation and development of the State Institute of Drugs and Good Practices of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade was held on 17 May in St. Petersburg, as part of the business agenda of the 30th Russian Semashko Pharmaceutical Forum.


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This year the Institute is celebrating its first 50 years, during which its name, departmental affiliation, and main goals of activity have transformed more than once, but one thing remained unchanged, i.e. concern for quality medicines supply.

Vladislav Shestakov, Director of the FSI “SID & GP” of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that the Institute’s birthday is July 5, 1973, when, in accordance with the order No. 324-dsp of the Ministry of Medical Industry of the USSR, the All-Union Research Institute of Blood Substitutes and Hormonal Drugs Technology was established.

He further focused on the key milestones in the history and activities of the Institute in the period from 1973 to 2013, its leadership and main achievements.

After that, an emphasis was placed on the modern history of the Institute, while the role of the Russian pharmaceutical inspectorate was particularly noted.

“With 12 people in the beginning, the inspectorate of the FSI “SID & GP” has grown up to 60 inspectors, who have already conducted about 3.2 thousand inspections of Russian and foreign production sites in 73 countries. Today, the Russian GMP inspectorate is the leader among the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union in inspecting drug manufacturing for compliance with the requirements of the Rules of Good Manufacturing Practice of the EAEU. Since 2021, FSI “SID & GP” has conducted 915 inspections and issued 728 GMP certificates,” Vladislav Shestakov shared with the participants of the historical session.

He also spoke about other areas of activity, such as Analytics, Engineering, the Eurasian Academy of Good Practices, the National Center for Reference Standards.

At the end of the historical session, Vladislav Shestakov thanked everyone for attention and concluded, “Our most valuable assets are people, and everyone’s achievements contribute to the overall victories of the Institute. We indeed appreciate our 50-year history, because without knowing our past it is impossible to build a bright future!”