Practice

Inspections

A Good Inspection Guideline (GIG) has been developed to guide Council inspectors on how to conduct the different types of pharmacy inspections in line with Council approach of educating the profession and also to inform the profession on what to expect during an inspection, to view the GIG click here

Council upholds the rights of the general public to universally acceptable standards of practice in both the public and private sectors by conducting different types of pharmacy inspections such as monitoring, new premises, training, follow-up and disciplinary inspections.

After conducting an inspection a pharmacy would be graded as follows:

Grade A Pharmacy, which means that during an inspection minor shortcomings were identified and the cycle for inspection for that pharmacy is 3 years.

Grade B Pharmacy, which means that during an inspection major shortcomings were identified and the cycle for inspection for that pharmacy is 2 years.

Grade C Pharmacy, which means that during an inspection critical shortcomings were identified and the cycle for inspection for that pharmacy is 1 year.

Grade D Pharmacy, which means that during the inspection the pharmacy was found not to be in operation or has closed or relocated without informing Council.

All practising pharmacists are obliged to ensure that they provide high quality service and complies with Good Pharmacy Practice Standards as published by Council in the rules. Council appoints ad hoc inspectors in the provinces and to date the Office of the Registrar has appointed 25 inspectors nationally.

Responsible pharmacists are advised to check the list of monitoring inspections and if a pharmacy that he/she is responsible for, is due for inspections, he/she must make the necessary preparations for inspection.

The inspection questionnaires for the different categories of pharmacies are available for downloading below:

Community inspection questionnaire
Institutional inspection questionnaire
Wholesale inspection questionnaire
Manufacturing inspection questionnaire


Council has approved the Self-Assessment Qualitative Inspection Questionnaire for pharmacists who are employed in Community and Institutional Pharmacies to do self-assessment before an inspection is conducted.