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Kenya launches new rules to curb importation of substandard goods

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday introduced new rules to curb importation of substandard goods in the country.

Peter Munya, the cabinet secretary in the ministry of industry, trade and cooperatives and Henry Rotich, the cabinet secretary in the national Treasury and planning, said in a joint statement that the new rules will come into effect through a legal notice No. 127 of 128, the standards (inspection of imports) order 2018.

“The new law requires all imported goods destined to Kenya to undergo mandatory inspection in the country of origin or supply prior to shipment into Kenya. Goods loaded which arrive at the port of entries without having gone through the Pre-export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) process will not be allowed into the country,” they said.

They noted that the PVoC assessment procedure at the country of origin was put in place to ensure compliance of imported products with applicable Kenyan standards.

The two officials noted that the general public and importers of goods into Kenya should ensure that goods loaded on or after Oct. 1 will be expected to fully comply with the provision of the legal notice.

The senior government officials said the new rules are aimed to ensure the quality of products, health and safety and environmental protection for Kenyan consumers.

“The requirements will also facilitate trade by ensuring that compliant goods are given expedited clearance at the port of entry,” they added.

The state-owned Kenya Bureau of Standards has also appointed inspection agents who shall issue the certificate of Conformity (CoC)/Certificate of Roadworthiness (CoR) in respect of goods or motor vehicles that conform to the relevant Kenyan standards and other applicable regulations.

Early this year, the government established a multi-agency team that will spearhead the seizure of illicit goods in the market and the eventual destruction of those that are found to have flouted the law.



Kenya counts on strong regulations, technology to weed out counterfeit medicine

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s ministry of health on Wednesday said it will strengthen the regulatory framework and invest in technology to weed out substandard and fake pharmaceutical products in the market.

Sicily Kariuki, cabinet secretary for health, said the government is banking on enhanced regulation of the pharmaceutical industry, alongside public awareness, to strengthen the fight against counterfeit drugs and medical equipment.

“Access to quality and affordable medical supplies is an indicator of a functioning health system,” Kariuki said. “Unfortunately, high prevalence of substandard and falsified medicine present a huge threat to patients’ safety.”

“We are therefore implementing global best practices to ensure drugs prescribed to patients are safe and efficacious,” she added.

Kariuki was speaking at an pharmaceutical conference and expo in Nairobi.

Participants at the three-day event included health-care providers, regulators and drug manufacturers.

Kariuki said Kenya is on the front-line of promoting ethical standards in the pharmaceutical industry in the face of soaring malpractices, skills gap and sluggish technology adoption.

“We have a robust pharmaceutical policy, essential drug lists, clinical guidelines and protocols for prescription of drugs,” she said.

Kariuki noted that the launch of an online portal for tracking and reporting of fake medicine has reduced their circulation in the market.

“Besides reforming the pharmaceutical industry, we also intend to tap into technologies and innovations to ensure Kenyans have access to safe, quality and efficacious medicine,” she said.

Fred Siyoi, chairman of Pharmacy and Poisons Board, said regulatory agencies have been conducting regular inspections at all drugs supply chains to weed out counterfeits.

“The licensing of drugs dispensing outlets is now more stringent and those who flout the rules by stocking counterfeits are either blacklisted or arraigned in courts,” said Siyoi. 



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