Medicine maker awarded for quality

Eliazer Shivute is the friendly operator on the bottling line at the Fabupharm medicine factory in Otjiwarongo. Earlier this year, the medicine manufacturer announced major extensions to its existing manufacturing plant.

Local pharmaceutical, Fabupharm this week received another accolade in its bouquet of achievements when it scooped the National Quality Company of the Year award in the SME category. The award was made by the National Standards Institute (NSI) at its annual award ceremony on Thursday evening.

“The NSI is exceedingly pleased to announce that Fabupharm is the winner in the SME category. The NSI would like to congratulate Fabupharm on this achievement,” said Concepcion Wasserfall, Chief Executive Officer of the NSI. The NSI is hosting the annual National Quality Awards as part of celebrating World Standards Day on Thursday this week.. According to the NSI the adjudication process for the awards took place in September 2015.
Fabupharm is a local manufacturer with a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) licence from the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) allowing the manufacturing of scheduled medicines to World Health Organisation standards.
“We are very excited about receiving this award. We have worked hard and invested substantially to comply with the GMP requirements. This is one way in which we are reaping the rewards for complying with and maintaining quality standards at the factory,” said Fanie Badenhorst (Snr.), Managing Director of Fabupharm.
“Fabupharm is currently the only Namibian manufacturing facility to produce medicinal products under license from the medicine regulator,” he said.
Fabupharm was registered in 1989 and started to manufacture a limited range of products including repackaging some oils. It has shown significant growth, today distributing products to retailers and pharmacies nationwide and delivering pharmaceutical products to the government through the official tender process. The manufacturing plant is regularly inspected by the Registrar of Medicines in the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Fabupharm is a member of the Namibia Manufacturers’ Association (NMA) and Affirmative Action compliant. Recently Badenhorst Snr. was inducted as a Laureate to the Namibia Business Hall of Fame.