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Code of Conduct and Ethics for Inspectors of Health Products and Technologies

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Code of Conduct and Ethics for Inspectors of Health Products and Technologies

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is the National Drug Regulatory Authority established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act, Chapter 244 of the Laws of Kenya.

The Board regulates the Practice of Pharmacy and the Manufacture and Trade in drugs and poisons.
The Board aims to implement the appropriate regulatory measures to achieve the highest standards of safety, efficacy and quality for all drugs, chemical substances and medical devices, locally manufactured, imported, exported, distributed, sold, or used, to ensure the protection of the consumer as envisaged by the laws regulating drugs in force in Kenya. The code of conduct and ethics for PPB Inspectors places a personal obligation to inspectors of drugs to act with integrity in public interest, and to exercise all reasonable professional skill and care. They should endeavour to

uphold the PPB core values as they carry out their duties.

This handbook sets out the rationale and procedures underpinning PPB drug inspection system. It is essential that inspectors of Drugs are adequately familiar with these and use this handbook for reference when preparing for and undertaking inspections. Whilst it is accepted that ‘one size does not fit all’, the guidance provided in this document should be followed in the vast majority of cases. It is accepted that there will always be occasions when a different approach is required in particular circumstances.

PPB is dependent on the experience, expertise and integrity of its inspectors of Drugs and welcomes suggestions from them for improvements in its inspection processes. Inspectors of Drugs are required to be familiar with the information provided on the Inspectors’ email and the PPB website.

The directorate of HPT’s monitors the Current Good Distribution Practices for pharmaceutical products, Border patrols at the gazetted Ports of Entry/Exit, Good manufacturing practices and the Office of Drug crime investigation.

To conceive this task, the PPB has deployed a pool of highly specialized technical human resource capacity to perform the duties of inspectors of Drugs.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Act defines inspector of Drugs ,"inspector of drugs" means a person who is competitively recruited by the Board as a pharmaceutical inspector

and who holds a minimum of a diploma in pharmacy;

Inspectors of Drugs serve as the eyes and ears of the drug control authority and are on the front lines in maintaining the identity, quality, purity, and strength of drugs manufactured and marketed in any country. In this respect, inspectors of Drugs have an important role in protecting consumers. Succinctly, the inspector’s job is law enforcement. A drug inspector is empowered by the law, at all reasonable times, to enter any premises that is on the register or any premises in which he/she has reasonable cause to suspect that the law has been or is about to be contravened. The

powers of inspectors of Drugs are well stipulated in the Cap 244 of the Kenyan laws. Inspectors of Drugs should perform their duties according to the laid down guidelines.

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