Partnership with ADB for the supply of PPE in Asia
Amsterdam, 29 July 2020 - We are happy to partner with the Asian Development Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a steady supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to thirteen developing countries in East Asia, Central and West Asia, and Southeast Asia. To rapidly scale up the supply of PPEs, we set up an emergency quality assurance (QA) approval process, which takes stringent quality guidelines for medical equipment into account, in order to comply with the WHO Model Quality Assurcance System for Procurement Agencies. This has allowed for the efficient and effective approval of several PPE products, guaranteeing constant availability of the requested COVID-19-related supplies from a broad range of quality-assured manufacturers.
In this pandemic, QA remains vital as always, as we found ways to ensure continued supply of essential (PPE) products. As ADB's Jesper Pedersen commented: “The best practice for supply chain responsiveness and resiliency is to perform key aspects of quality assurance upfront to ensure parties involved in the manufacture of goods adhere to the applicable national or international standards of the items being produced. Quality control is then handled upon physical inspection of the goods to ensure the delivered items meet the agreed standards. This is exactly what we have seen so far in our relationship with IDA – the right goods, delivered at the right time, and to the agreed standard.”
Find the full ADB article here.