DHA sets deadline for licence registeration
Dubai, May 2, 2013
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has set a May 31 deadline for all in-patient and out-patient pharmacies and professionals (pharmacists and assistant pharmacists) in the emirate with a valid Ministry of Health (MoH) licence to register for their licences.
The move comes in line with the ministerial decision which has authorised the DHA for the licensure and monitoring of in-patient and out-patient pharmacists and pharmacies in Dubai, a job which was earlier done by the MoH.
The decree however does not include drug stores, drug registration, scientific offices, advertisements, export & import, which will continue to fall under MoH’s remit.
The transfer of these responsibilities will be in effect from June 1, 2013 and will be applicable to all pharmacists and assistant pharmacists as well as pharmacies in the public and private sector, and free zones in Dubai except Dubai Healthcare City.
The DHA registeration is mainly aimed at avoiding duplication of efforts and to streamline regulatory procedures in the emirate. The successive licence renewals with be with the DHA.
This decision will be applicable for 600 pharmacies in Dubai and 1,500 pharmacists in Dubai, said a top DHA official at a workshop for pharmacies in Dubai to educate them on the new licensure regulations.
Dr Ramadan Ibrahim, the director of DHA Health Regulation said, "The aim of the workshop is to facilitate exchange of information and to receive feedback and suggestions from pharmacists and facility owners. The move is aimed to streamline the regulatory procedures for the health sector in Dubai."
"However, it is important to note that all regulations for pharmacies and pharmacists will not fall under the DHA. Our role is limited to licensure and monitoring and will not include drug stores, drug registration, scientific offices, advertisements, export & import, which will continue to fall under MoH’s remit," he added.
He highlighted the cooperation and coordination between the DHA and MoH with a common aim to ensure high standards of healthcare for the population and visitors.-TradeArabia News Service