The Kenyan pharmaceutical industry regulator has fully automated its services, making it the first national drug regulatory authority in Africa to automate clinical trial registry process, among other services.

Kenya’s Pharmacy and Poisons Board senior deputy chief pharmacist and deputy registrar, Dr Fred Siyoi said the automation has reduced delays in service delivery, and increased the capacity to stem backstreet practice.

Previously is could take applicants up to a month to get a practising licence but with the new automation process, it takes the board 72 hours to complete the process.

Dr Siyoi said, “The automation project has also boosted revenue collection measures and improved industry surveillance mechanisms. Payments to the board are now fully through electronic money transfer services.”