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Pharmacy & Drug Control

Pharmacy and Drug Control Department is concerned with the following activities:

  1. Proposals for drug Policy to the higher authority.

  2. Registration of drug agents and importers.

  3. Registration of drug companies and their products.

  4. Registration of Herbal Products, Dietary Supplements and Medicated Cosmetics.

  5. Controlling narcotics and psychotropic drugs via import, storage and dispensing control.

  6. Inspection of Private (Community) Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Herbal Stores and Drug Manufacturing Companies to make sure that they are running according to the pharmacy law and related regulations.

  7. Scheduling the community pharmacies working hours in collaboration with other concerned authorities in the country.

  8. Collaboration with other authorities in the country to control counterfeit drug and malpractice in profession of pharmacy.

  9. Control the quality of registered drugs, herbal products and dietary supplement via laboratory analysis.

  10. Release of the imported registered products at the point of entry (Airport, Sea port, and Land port).


Pharmacy & Drug Control Department Sections:

  1. Drug Registration Section

  2. Inspection & Narcotics Section

  3. Drug Release section

  4. Drug Quality Control laboratory


Drug Registration Section (established in 1986)

This section is subdivided into the following units:

  1. Drug Information Unit

Under processing

  1. Pharmaceutical Drug Registration unit

Functions & tasks:

  • In general it implements the law (1) of 1986,Ministry’s decision (4) of 1986 and the law (5) of 2011.

  • Receive applications (requests) from local agents for companies and drugs registration.

  • Study the submitted dossiers of the company and the drug for registration purpose.

  • Send samples to QC Lab for laboratory analysis.

  • Prepare & display the studied and revised dossiers by the registration team for companies and medications to the Permanent Registration Committee for final decision.

  • Prepare the list of approved registered products as a hard and soft copy in order to be published at SCH website.

  • Issue drug registration certificates for applicants

  • Receive minor change requests.

  • Conduct studies of minor changes and advise the department director to take the appropriate decision.

  • Receive requests (Applications) from importer (non-agent) to import registered medicinal drugs.

  • Issue import license for applicants.

  • Collaborate with GCC Central Registration.

  1. Herbal Medicines and Dietary Supplements Registration unit (established in 2001)

Functions & tasks:

  • Receive Application (request) for classification of cosmetic preparations.

  • Classify the cosmetics preparations and feedback applicants.

  • Receive request for herbal products, dietary supplements and medicated cosmetics registration.

  • Prepare for the technical committee meetings of registrations.

  • Issue the company and the product registration certificates.

  • Receive minor changes request for registered products and advise the department director accordingly.

  • Receive import request from applicants (non-agents).

  • Issue the import-permits for importers.

  • Keeps records for classified cosmetics, registered herbal products, dietary supplement and medicated cosmetic as a hard and soft copy.

  • Update the SCH website with newly registered product regularly.

  1. Medical Device Registration Unit

Under processing

  1. Vaccine Registration Unit

Under processing


Drug Quality Control laboratory

Functions and tasks

  1. Analyze all samples of drugs received by the lab whether from HMC stores or medical stores or from the private sector and determine the extent of compliance with the specifications

  2. Analyze samples of pharmaceutical drugs, herbal medicines and dietary supplements submitted by pharmaceutical companies for registration and determine the extent of compliance with the international standards pre-registration approval.

  3. Receive samples from the Inspection Section that have been taken from private pharmacies to make sure of their quality.

  4. Analysis of Pharmaceuticals local factories and make sure of their conformity to international standards.

  5. Detection of counterfeit medicines

Drug Release Section

Functions and tasks:

  1. Check and match all purchase invoices for drugs received by agents or importers for both private and government sector through all the ports of the country whether on land, sea or air, to be sure if the invoices are matched to the wit conditions stipulated in law No. (1/1986) of the registration of pharmaceutical companies and their products, and law No. 3 of 1983 regulating the pharmacy professionals and intermediaries.

  2. Release of postal and personal parcels after making the necessary checks to make sure their conformity with all laws, regulations and decisions concerning the registration of the pharmaceutical companies and their products in the State of Qatar, and the confiscation of illegal drugs to be destroyed by the assigned committee.


Inspection & Narcotics Section

This section is subdivided into the following units:

  1. Drug Inspection Unit 

    1. The unit inspects all pharmaceutical establishments (public pharmacies, private (community) pharmacies, drug stores and government pharmacies) and to ensure that all medicines are registered in the State of Qatar, and the storage areas are conform to the required guidelines, and the records are complying with the restriction imposed.

    2. Monitor the compliance of public pharmacies, private pharmacies and drug stores with the specified selling price for pharmaceuticals. Collect samples for analysis to QC laboratory, if necessary.

    3. Prepare the night shift schedules for public pharmacies and schedules for duties on Eid & official holidays and distribute them to the relevant authority(s).

    4. Enforce the implementation of the laws for practicing the pharmacy profession.

  2. Narcotic Drug Unit

    1. Control the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substance in the state of Qatar.

    2. Control the use of psychiatric medicines.

    3. Issue importation and trade license for narcotic drugs and importation approval.

    4. Prepare registry book and template necessary to control the use of narcotic substances and distribute them among the concerned authority(s).

    5. Keep records of all activities related to the control of narcotic drugs in the state of Qatar.

    6. Prepare annual statistics on narcotic drug and psychotropic substance.

    7. Work in collaboration with international bodies specialized in narcotic drug control.

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