Additional duties and powers of the Department of Health regarding pharmaceuticals and cosmetics

The Minister of Health promulgates Circular 37/2021/TT-BYT dated December 31, 2021 guiding the functions, duties and powers of the Department of Health under the People's Committees of provinces and centrally run cities.

Accordingly, the duties and powers of the Department of Health regarding pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are as follows:

- Guide the implementation and quality supervision of drugs, medicinal ingredients and cosmetics in the locality. Direct and monitor the recall of drugs, medicinal ingredients and cosmetics in accordance with law;

- Issuing, suspending and withdrawing practice certificates of pharmacy practitioners; grant, re-issue, adjust and revoke certificates of eligibility for pharmacy business to drug wholesalers and drug-making ingredients and drug retailers according to decentralization and law provisions;

Current regulations directing and implementing the management of drug business, pharmacy practice (grant, suspension and revocation of pharmacy practice certificates), grant of certificates of eligibility for drug business, and issue of publication numbers cosmetics in accordance with the provisions of the law (according to point b, clause 9, Article 2 of the Joint Circular 51/2015/TTLT-BYT-BNV )

- To receive dossiers, process orders to buy narcotic drugs, psychotropic drugs, precursor drugs and purchase medicinal ingredients that are narcotic active ingredients, psychotropic active ingredients, drug precursors from wholesalers, drug retailers with business locations in the province, private medical examination and treatment establishments, research and testing establishments, specialized medical and pharmaceutical training establishments, compulsory detoxification establishments, establishments establishments that treat opiate addiction with substitute drugs, and establishments with other non-commercial pharmaceutical activities located in the province; designate a drug wholesaler or retailer to conduct business or a pharmacy department of a medical examination and treatment establishment,(New content added)

- Issuing, re-issuing, adjusting and withdrawing the certificate of eligibility for cosmetic production for cosmetic manufacturing establishments in the area under their management; issue and withdraw cosmetic announcement numbers according to the provisions of law; (New content added)

- Manage drug prices and bid for drugs in accordance with law;

- Direct and guide the implementation of clinical pharmacy activities to ensure safety and efficiency and perform other tasks according to their competence;

- Inspect, examine and handle violations of the law on pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in the area under their management. (New content)

Circular 37/2021/TT-BYT takes effect from February 15, 2022.

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