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Licensing Establishments


The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is committed to its mission to ensure the availability of pharmaceutical services in Kenya which satisfy the needs of all for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases using safe, efficacious, high quality and cost effective pharmaceutical products.

Pursuant to this mission, it is imperative that pharmaceuticals are distributed by highly qualified personnel through outlets that are duly licensed and professionally run. The operations in those premises should at all times be supervised by qualified personnel and the risk of exposing the public to unsafe medicines avoided at all cost. Guidelines have been prepared to provide persons in the pharmaceutical fraternity with a method of assessing eligibility and the process of lawfully operating drug distribution outlets.

The success of this initiative will ultimately depend on the active contribution and cooperation of every stakeholder. Registered Practitioners and Premises.

Wholesale distribution and retail forms part of the supply chain of manufactured therapeutic goods. Wholesalers are responsible for effective, efficient and safe handling, storage and distribution of such products.

Registration and Enrollment

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board constituted a Training and Assessment committees in July 2000 whose responsibility to design, develop and implement a comprehensive system for evaluation and assessment of the qualifications of both foreign and locally trained pharmacists for purposes of registration to practice in Kenya.

The committee came up with a criteria for eligibility to undertake pre-registration exams as follows:

  1. Must have a basic O-level education (8-4-4 system) with C+ Grade or equivalent.
  2. Must have qualified from a College/University that offers a minimum of four-year pharmacy degree course and is recognised by that Country’s Pharmacy Regulatory authority.
  3. Must have bachelor Degree in pharmacy (B. Pharm) with a curriculum acceptable to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
  4. Must have command of English language and basic Kiswahili language.
  5. Must be registrable to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority in the country offering the Degree Course

Registered Education Institutions