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
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.
government officials said the new rules are aimed to ensure the
quality of products, health and safety and environmental
protection for Kenyan consumers.
will also facilitate trade by ensuring that compliant goods are
given expedited clearance at the port of entry,” they added.
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
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.
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
“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
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.
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.