How to start a Chemist Business in Kenya – People get sick all the time and this could be seen an opportunity in business world to start a chemist or drug store. However to operate a Chemist/ Pharmacy in Kenya is not easy. This is because of many licencing procedures that one should follow before setting it up.
The first thing to do is ensure that as the owner you have a diploma or degree in Pharmacy. You cannot operate a chemist without having qualifications in pharmacy from a recognized academic institution in Kenya. If you are qualified, proceed to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for a license.
Types of premises that can be registered for pharmaceutical operations
Any premise for a pharmacist shall be registered as either type of premise but not any two or all. Where a person wishes to carry out a combination of the above then the person shall lodge an application for registration of different sets of premises and each set have a designated superintendent.
The board shall then review the application forms and documents. In addition the board may arrange an interview for the applicant by the practice committee of the board. After which an inspection of the proposed premises will be conducted by the pharmaceutical inspector to assess the suitability of the intended business. The inspection report will be presented in the prescribed inspection form.
The board can either issue the annual certificate of registration of premises or advise the applicant in writing in case of unsuccessful application and clearly state the reason the application was unsuccessful. In the case an unsuccessful application the applicant will be given further opportunity to revise and comply. Where the applicant is able to revise the application and comply a license will be issued otherwise the premises shall remain unregistered and the file will be close after about 6 months from the date of initial application.
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