Procurement Services Year-End Update 2016
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The UNFPA Procurement Services team would like to thank all of our partners around the world for your continued commitment to ensuring access to quality-assured reproductive health commodities in 2016.

We look forward to supporting you in 2017!

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First generic contraceptive implant receives positive ERP opinion

UNFPA is happy to announce that a Levonorgestrel 75 mg two-rod subdermal implant manufactured by Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., and marketed under the global brand name Levoplant — has received a positive opinion from the Expert Review Panel (ERP). 

The Levoplant implant is expected to be available for procurement in January 2017.

This is the very first generic sub-dermal implant to receive a positive opinion for procurement, in line with the UNFPA Family Planning Strategy (Choices not Chances): To accelerate access to choice based on Information, exercise of rights, provision of services and reliable supplies. 

The Expert review Panel has played a paramount role in the development of the WHO prequalification base of reproductive health (RH) medicines. Over the past 6 years, the landscape of quality generic RH products has changed significantly — increasing both quantitatively and qualitatively.

The increase in the number of generic RH products complying with the internationally recognized quality standards applied by UNFPA has a positive impact not only on prices but also on access.
UNFPA is committed to expanding the choice of quality assured generic contraceptives available to UNFPA  programs, Member States, and clients while delivering the best value for money. See how in just 3 years, UNFPA saved USD 1.5 million by increasing the use of quality generic medicines.

For more information, please contact UNFPA at

Increasing access to life-saving maternal health medicines

A new source of maternal health medicines has recently been prequalified by WHO.

Misoprostol 200mg from China Resources Zizhu Pharmaceutical Co., has been added to the WHO list of prequalified products.  

As the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every childbirth is safe, UNFPA recognizes that increased 
availability of life-saving maternal health supplies through new - prequalified sources significantly increases access. Increased access is one of the first steps towards preventing some of the leading, yet most preventable causes of death during pregnancy and childbirth. 

Please note that the new source of misoprostol is already available for procurement via the UNFPA product catalog
For more information, please contact UNFPA at

Ethiopia explores partnership opportunities with UNFPA 

UNFPA recently hosted a delegation from the Ethiopia Ministry of Health and the Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency.

Officials from the delegation met with staff from the UNFPA Procurement Services Branch in Copenhagen to discuss the government’s goal of expanding access to voluntary family planning services.  

Ethiopia’s plan to expand access includes: a strengthening of demand for and an 

increase in the acceptability of family planning services, an increase of service delivery and access - particularly for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, improvements in the distribution of family planning supplies, as well as an increase in the capacity of health care workers in the country.

The overall objective of the visit was to share knowledge and best practices in the areas of procurement, quality assurance of RH supplies and capacity development. As part of its commitment to ensuring that all individuals have access to affordable, quality-assured reproductive health and family planning supplies, UNFPA is proud to support all partner-governments - whether through the provision of quality-assured family planning products or through the provision of procurement capacity building.
Following the success of the visit, PSB looks forward to working closely with the government of Ethiopia to increase its contraceptive prevalence rate to 55% by 2020 and to help approximately 5 million women gain access to long-acting reversible contraceptive methods. 
For information, please contact UNFPA at

UNFPA and Global Fund combine technologies 

UNFPA and the Global Fund have entered into a strategic partnership to increase procurement efficiencies and expand product offerings by combining their respective technologies.  

UNFPA will support the Global Fund by providing Global Fund principal recipients with access to the largest source of prequalified male condom suppliers and quality assured lubricants at competitive prices.

IT teams from the Global Fund and UNFPA are working on a two-phase system integration to allow Global Fund Principal Recipients to procure reproductive health products through UNFPA. Phase one includes a selection of UNFPA condoms and lubricants to be electronically exchanged from the UNFPA product catalog to the Global Fund's eMarketplace catalog. This allows Global Fund principal recipients to procure products online and to view the updated details of their order through the Global Fund's Provided that there is a significant volume of orders, a full system integration has been suggested for phase two of the project.

This partnership demonstrates the potential of the UNFPA product catalog to bring together partner organizations working to provide quality-assured reproductive health products. UNFPA is proud to partner with stakeholders dedicated to the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS and looks forward to continued collaborations with the Global Fund.
For more information, please contact UNFPA at

New items available in the UNFPA product catalog

In line with the commitment of UNFPA to expand access to quality-assured generic contraceptives, UNFPA has recently entered into a Long Term Agreement (LTA) with a new supplier, Leon Farma. 

The LTA significantly increases the number of sources available for the procurement of quality-assured generic oral and emergency contraceptives, expanding choice for millions of women. 
For more information please feel free to contact UNFPA at

Note: Updated Hormonal Contraceptives Information sheet available

UNFPA "greening" contraceptive procurement

At UNFPA, becoming more sustainable, or “going green” is a priority. With our significant purchasing power and number of collaborative partners, UNFPA is committed to implementing environmental sustainability into its procurement practices through the establishment of environmental standards that are both realistic and ambitious.

In 2013, UNFPA launched its Green Procurement Strategy. The key objective of this initiative was to collaborate with suppliers in order to reduce the environmental impact of the UNFPA supply chain.

To realize this goal, seven focus areas were identified. These areas include energy consumption, water management, waste management, recycling, materials/resources, transportation, chemical substitution.

UNFPA is proud to announce that as a result of this initiative all UNFPA core hormonal contraceptive and male condom LTA suppliers are now ISO 14000 certified! Since the launch of the Green Procurement Strategy, UNFPA suppliers have seen significant resource savings, proving that going green is not only possible but that it is also incredibly beneficial.

See how UNFPA has reduced its environmental impact.

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