KENYA — The National Quality Control Laboratory (NQCL) has inaugurated a new Board of Management to improve the quality and safety of health products in Kenya.  

The event, held at the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) headquarters, was presided over by Ms. Mary Muthoni Muriuki, Principal Secretary of the State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards. 

In her address, Ms. Muthoni emphasized the critical role of NQCL in ensuring health products meet stringent safety standards, underscoring the laboratory’s mission to safeguard public health.  

She urged the newly appointed Board to align their functions with the World Health Organization’s Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) to achieve WHO Maturity Level 3 by 2025. 

This goal is part of a broader strategy to elevate the quality of health products and services in Kenya, enhancing public trust and contributing to economic prosperity. 

Highlighting the importance of quality control in health services, Ms. Muthoni stated, “The NQCL’s commitment to rigorous quality control is fundamental in maintaining public trust and ensuring that the health products available to our citizens are safe and effective.”  

She also challenged the Board to develop and implement strategies for productivity measurement to improve the efficiency of health service delivery. 

This call to action reflects a growing emphasis on accountability and performance metrics in public health institutions. 

The event was attended by several key figures, including PPB Board members, CEO Dr. F.M. Siyoi, and NQCL CEO Dr. Serah Muteru, illustrating the strong collaboration between the two organizations. 

Dr. Charles Githinji, Chairman of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, praised NQCL for its vital role in safeguarding Kenyan health and contributing to the national economy.  

He remarked, “The expertise, vision, and leadership of the new board members will undoubtedly propel NQCL to new heights. Their guidance is crucial in navigating the evolving regulatory landscapes and the increasing complexities of health products.” 

Githinji encouraged the new board to set new benchmarks in quality control, aiming to uphold the highest standards of trust, quality, and reliability.  

He stressed the importance of innovation and excellence as the Board moves forward, stating, “In a dynamic health environment, it is essential for the Board to stay ahead of regulatory changes and embrace innovative approaches to ensure the safety and efficacy of health products.” 

The inauguration of the new Board of Management marks a significant step towards strengthening the regulatory framework governing health products in Kenya. 

 With a renewed focus on meeting international standards and enhancing operational efficiency, NQCL is poised to play a pivotal role in improving health outcomes for the Kenyan population.  

This collaborative efforts between NQCL and PPB are expected to foster a robust regulatory environment that supports public health and drives economic growth.  

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