Webinar: Commonwealth Voluntary Information and Price Sharing Database (VIPSD) - Medicines and vaccines

17 September, 2021

Commonwealth Voluntary Information and Price Sharing Database (VIPSD)

The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) invites you to join us on the launch of the Voluntary Information and Price Sharing Database (VIPSD).

SAVE THE DATE: 6th October 2021

Launch of the new Commonwealth-wide

Voluntary Information and Price-Sharing Database.

Virtual Event

6th October 2021 | 11:00 - 12::30hrs (BST)

Early registration is encouraged and available at the following:



The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the significant global inequities in accessing essential quality medicines, with many LMICs paying higher prices than high-income countries for the same health commodities.

Endorsed by the Commonwealth Health Ministers in 2021, the VIPSD is now available and aims to provide a greater degree of transparency for member states; supporting governments to make more informed decisions about procuring medicines and vaccines and helping to remove the procurement challenges around quality and affordable pharmaceutical products.

Please refer to the registration page for further information including the agenda and confirmed speakers.

The webinar will:

* Advise on sound policy practices for utilising the VIPSD including short- and long-term benefits, in a global context.

* Provide a demonstration of the database and its functionality.

* Provide a discussion on implementation, training, onboarding and proposals for next steps

* Engage Commonwealth Heads of Procurement with view to facilitating future forums and networking.

In a post-COVID-19 context, the threat of inequitable access to fair and transparent pricing is a global issue. Join us (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8070847873240949515) to explore how we can address this through a collective Commonwealth response.

We look forward to seeing you and please forward this invitation to your wider networks, particularly those who may be involved with regional and/or national procurement and support this great initiative.

Kind regards


Mrs Meghna Joshi-von Heyden

Strategic Development Advisor

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association

HIFA profile: Meghna Joshi-von Heyden is Strategic Development Advisor, Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA), London UK. Meghna has worked in a number of regions including the UK, Singapore and Switzerland. She started her career as a clinical pharmacist at the regional medicines information centre, University Hospital Southampton. She then joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS); developing and implementing national policy programmes, standards and guidance across the UK to improve health services and the safe and effective use of medicines. During her time in Singapore, Meghna joined the Ministry of Health Holdings, implementing policies to digitise Singaporeâ s health services and develop the national App to enable better access to health data for patients. Meghna brings her extensive experience in strategy and programme management to drive CPA global health initiatives and partnerships across the Commonwealth. She is a member of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines. meghna.vonheyden AT commonwealthpharmacy.org