Namibia becomes the fifth African Union member to ratify the treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA), the AU Commission disclosed last week. According to the AU, the AMA will be the second continental health agency, next to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which will enhance the capacity of African countries as well as regional economic communities to regulate medical products in order to improve access to quality, safe and efficacious medical products on the continent. Xinhua news reports that the African Medicines Agency will enter into force once ratified by the minimum expected threshold of 15 African countries.