The present Pharmaceuticals and Poisons Act (1978) is outdated. It is partly a reflection of the pre-second world war legislation in the UK and it is not providing an adequate legal basis to support and enforce implementation of the National Drug Policy. It will therefore be replaced by a new modern Act. This Act will consider fundamental essential requirements as well as constraints in their implementation, caused by the prevailing conditions in the Tanzanian Health Sector.
The Act will give an appropriate framework within which the Pharmacy Board can operate effectively. The Board should thus become a properly functioning drug regulatory authority, which ensures that all pharmaceutical products conform to acceptable standards of quality, safety and efficacy and that all premises and machines for manufacturing, storing and distributing these products comply with requirements, so that drugs reaching the patients are safe and effective.
Three main activities will fall under the direct authority of the Board:
- Drug Registration
- Drug Inspection
- Drug Information.