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PMI sharpens LLIN procurement policy

March 7, 2013 - 15:23 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Concern amongst the malaria community of the inadequacy of current equivalence evaluations for long-lasting insecticidal nets under the WHOPES evaluation scheme has been highlighted in a memo released by USAID/ PMI on 3rd March 2013 entitled “Revised long lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN) procurement specifications for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) program”.
 
The memo states that “After a technical review, PMI has determined that the equivalency status based only on Phase 1 laboratory studies is insufficient to determine eligibility for PMI procurement because these studies do not determine how the LLIN product functions in the field where other factors come into play, particularly physical durability and long-term bioefficacy”.

 
The new PMI policy recommendation is therefore to require comparator products to go through Phase 2 WHOPES testing before becoming eligible for PMI procurement (see attached and PMI's website: , and second item under PMI News. USAID/ PMI’s new policy brings a clearer  distinction between ‘innovator products’ and ‘comparator products’ and how they should be tested.