DR. FLORAH MATLALA
Florah is a pharmacist by profession currently heading the pharmacovigilance unit of South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). She holds BPharm and master’s in pharmacy with specialisation in Pharmacovigilance & Pharmacoepidemiology. She joined SAHPRA in 2011 as Medicine Registration Officer in the Pharmaceutical & Analytical Directorate and later Head the Vigilance unit since October 2015 to date. She has experience in different pharmacy sectors, including medicines regulation, retail and hospital pharmacy. She has attended different pharmacovigilance courses offered internationally including training by Uppsala Monitoring Centre.
She supports the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee and member of African Union Smart Safety Surveillance (AU-3S) Joint Signal Management Group, aimed at facilitating cross-country signal management for COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to support action in the interest of public health and safety.