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Functions Of National Quality Control Laboratories

National Quality Control Laboratory was first conceived in 1978 as an initiative of the Ministry of Health looking into the possibilities of improving drug control activities through the development of a quality control laboratory. The Laboratory was established as a legal entity through an Act of Parliament; CAP 244 Section 35D (Pharmacy & Poisons (Amendment) Act, 1992). They play a critical role in safeguarding public health, protecting consumers, and promoting fair trade practices.

National Quality Control Laboratories are typically equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and facilities, staffed by highly trained and experienced professionals, and accredited by relevant national and international bodies. They cover a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, cosmetics, chemicals, textiles, construction materials, environmental samples, and more.

The main functions of National Quality Control Laboratories include:

  1. Employee Involvement and Welfare – Employees’ involvement at all levels is the hallmark of the Laboratory. Every member is expected to exhibit high standards of integrity and professionalism. We are committed to the welfare of its workers.
  2. Environmental awareness – We address social and environmental issues responsibly through community participation.
  3. Integrity and honesty – We endeavor to guarantee customers the best quality products, fast and efficient services. Our staff give their best to national building by exhibiting high standards of integrity and honesty.
  4. Innovation and Technology – We embrace new innovations and latest technological development in our operations to the benefit of the health sector.
  5. Competence and Excellence – We strive to be a role model in promoting and sustaining standards of competence and excellence.
  6. Commitment to customer service – Our commitment to service excellence is demonstrated by our projected improvement in process service delivery using Information Technology packages as a tool and in continued training of staff in customer service; teamwork, respect, confidentiality, friendliness.
  7. Quality service – We strive for excellence in the delivery of quality service to our customers and clients. We exhibit customer sensitivity, ensuring timely delivery of services.
  8. Teamwork and productivity – We are a multi and intra – disciplinary organisation requiring effective teamwork to deliver services. We support and facilitate teamwork by recognizing both team and individual effort, hard work, output, continuous learning, accepting change and confidentiality.

To be an internationally respected centre of excellence for the quality control of medicines and medical devices.


To carry out the required tests and analysis and conduct research to ensure that medicines and medical devices used in Kenya meet international quality requirements so as to ensure patient safety.

National Quality Control Laboratories Contacts

National Quality Control Laboratory, Hospital Road, KNH Complex, University of Nairobi School of Pharmacy Building, 2nd Floor, Nairobi, Kenya.


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