PDP Access Steering Committee

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Since 2008, the PDP Access Group (formerly known as the PDP Access Steering Committee) has acted as a forum for information exchange by a consistent core group. Teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, and discussion papers have raised the standards of access activity within PDPs, bringing best practices to each other’s attention and causing changes of behaviour.

The committee was formed in 2008 by a group of access staff from PDPs, based on the potential for information sharing. In September 2008, this Steering Committee, other PDP representatives and invited experts met in Geneva to “develop a common understanding and record of PDP experiences, best practices and challenges in the area of access.” One outcome was a definition of what access means to PDPs (see Innov. Strat. Today 3:1-5). Activities in 2009 included continuing teleconferences and a further meeting organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

The PDP Access Group concluded that funding was required to intensify the level of analysis by the group. The committee used funds provided by the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) to commission a series of discussion papers to better analyse how and why PDPs are engaging on certain topics.

Findings from the first set of these discussion papers were presented in a meeting in Geneva in July 2010. Participants at the meeting included staff from the 12 PDPs involved with the PDP Access Group, several donor representatives, country representatives, and key stakeholders involved with global health product introduction. One of the primary objectives of the meeting was to look for common strategies to improve performance, efficiency and use of resources using the expertise available across the PDPs. Since then, the PDP Access Group has continued to collaborate on further discussion papers and projects.