Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Food and Drug Supervision Agency (BPOM) Chief Husniah Ribiana Thamrin Akib said about 80 percent of pharmaceutical industries in Indonesia were already applying Good Medicine Production Standards (CPOB) commonly agreed for the harmonization of pharmaceutics production in ASEAN.
"We are hoping all pharmaceutical industries in Indonesia will already be applying the CPOB standards this year, though our full compliance target time is 2008," she said.
Husniah said overall, Indonesian pharmaceutical industries had made significant progress in preparing themselves to face the ASEAN free trade era in 2009.
"They have made good progress. We will use the remaining one year to encourage a number of pharmacies which have not yet complied with the CPOB standards," she said.
She said her office had also prepared an alternative scenario for pharmacies which failed to meet the target in 2008 so that they would meet the production standards based on the deadline agreed on by ASEAN.
Husniah said BPOM would provide assistance and recommendations for pharmacies which were not able to meet the CPOB standards.
"So, the government is encouraging pharmacies to prepare themselves in accordance with their capabilities," she said.