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Registration of Premises and issuance of Wholesale Dealer’s License 

A Pharmacist shall only be eligible to superintend over registered premises if he/ or she holds a valid practice license.

A pharmaceutical technologist shall only be eligible to superintend over premises registered for a pharmaceutical technologist and only if he/ or she holds a valid license to practice as a pharmaceutical technologist

A pharmaceutical technologist shall only be eligible to superintend over premises registered for a pharmaceutical technologist if he/she has worked under supervision of another qualified superintendent (pharmacist or pharmaceutical technologist) for a period of not less than six years from the time of obtaining the diploma in pharmacy.

Any person(s) who wants to apply for registration of premises shall do so in writing and upon completion of the prescribed forms and provision of the documents prescribed in these guidelines or as may be prescribed by the Board.

One person shall only be eligible to superintend over one registered premise.

A reasonable distance shall be maintained between any two registered premises to discourage unfair competitive trade practices.

A body corporate/ limited liability company may apply to operate more than one premise (as branches). However the requirements stipulated under section 21 of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act must be adhered to including that in each set of premises there shall be a different superintendent 

 

pharmacist working under the supervision of the overall responsible company pharmacist.

Where such superintendent is not a shareholder in the company, the pharmacist can formally be appointed in writing and a written acceptance letter will be recognized as legally binding provided the company pharmacist is the majority shareholder having controlling shares in the company.

The board shall be notified in writing at least 30 days prior

to any a.

b. c.

d. e.

f.

changes affecting the following being implemented: Change of ownership- includes change in share distribution, change of directors etc Superintendent/ responsible pharmacist/ pharmaceutical technologist

Change in registered premises i.e. change in location, plot number, building etc.
Nature of business- wholesale/ retail

Change from business of a pharmacist to business of a pharmaceutical technologist and vice versa. Any other significant changes

4. OWNERSHIP AND BASIC REQUIREMNTS

In addition to the information and documentation provided by the applicant, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board may conduct or cause to be conducted a search of the records kept by the Registrar of Companies to verify the registered owners of any establishment/business making an application for registration of premises or Wholesale Dealer’s License.

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4.1. PREMISESFORPHARMACISTS

A pharmacist can own the business as either 

i. ii. iii.

A sole proprietor or A partnership or
A limited company.

In cases (ii) and (iii) above., the superintendent pharmacist must be the majority shareholder and proof of the same attached in the form of an affidavit for case (ii) or articles and memorandum of association for case(iii).

Any one premise for a pharmacist shall be registered as either retail or wholesale business but NOT as both. Where a person wishes to carry out retail and wholesale business then the person shall lodge an application for registration of different sets of premises and each set must have a designated superintendent.
The premises registration automatically expires on 31st day of December in the year it is issued and, if not renewed, the registration shall become void.

4.2. PREMISESFORPHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGISTS

A pharmaceutical technologist can own the business as either

  1. A sole proprietor or

  2. A partnership

In case (ii) above, the superintendent pharmaceutical technologist can only be joint owners with other qualified persons namely

  1. Registered pharmacists

  2. Enrolled pharmaceutical technologists

Further, in case (ii) above, the superintendent pharmaceutical technologist must be the majority shareholder and proof of the same attached in the form of an affidavit.
Any one premise for a pharmaceutical technologist will be registered as a retail pharmacy only. 

The premises registration automatically expires on 31st day of December in the year it is issued and, if not renewed, the registration shall become void.

4.3. PREMISESFORWHOLESALE

Notwithstanding the requirement for registration of premises, a person intending to carry out the business as a wholesale dealer in pharmaceuticals is further required to apply for and obtain a valid Wholesale Dealers’ License. Premises registered for wholesale shall be used solely for that purpose.

Any additional warehouses for storage of pharmaceuticals must be declared by the dealer and will be subject to registration upon confirmation that it meets the minimum requirements for storage of pharmaceuticals.

A pharmaceutical technologist will not be eligible for a Wholesale Dealers’ License.

The Wholesale Dealers License automatically expires on 31st day of December in the year it is issued.

5. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

The minimum requirements for premises and standards of practice are contained in the Pharmacy and Poisons Board guidelines for Good Wholesaling and Retail Practices for Pharmaceuticals (see separate document).

6. HOW TO MAKE AN APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF PREMISES

An application for registration of premises shall be made in writing and upon completion of the prescribed forms. The 

CURRENT APPLICATION FEES STRUCTURE

Retail Pharmacy (applies to both premises for a pharmacist and premises for a pharmaceutical technologist)

  1. Annual practice licence Kshs. 2500
  2. Premises registration fee Kshs. 5000

Wholesale Pharmacy

  1. Annual practice licence Kshs. 2500
  2. Premises registration fee Kshs. 5000

iii.        Wholesale dealer’s licence           Kshs. 5000.

 

Pharmaceutical business is one of the most profitable business ventures in the world, and in Kenya. In a single day, the average profit of a single chemist in Nairobi is Ksh 4,000-Ksh20, 000, sometimes it can go up to Ksh 50,000-which means you can make a cool Ksh 1 million per month.

 

 
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