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Regulators roll out new rule in war on fake medicines

Fake drugs are common in Kenya. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Fake drugs are common in Kenya. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Regulators have directed pharmaceutical drug importers to obtain pre-shipment licences in a bid to seal loopholes for counterfeits.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) have partnered to enforce the new requirement that also affects food supplements, medical devices, herbal products and medical cosmetics.

Importers have to obtain Certificates of Conformity (CoC) for their cargo before applying for import permits from the PPB through the Kenya National Single Window Electronic (Kentrade) System.

“With this guideline, products and other allied healthcare borderline products falling under the regulated mandate of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board must comply with the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards programme implemented by Kebs,” said the PPB in a statement.

In June the PPB was on the spot after a Nairobi pharmaceutical company producing essential drugs for treatment of malaria and bacterial infections was found operating nearly one year after it failed a quality inspection test.

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