Medicine Dispensing and Pharmacy Licences

Theme: People Date Added: 2018-12-11

What is it?

The Licensing Unit in the Affordable Medicines Directorate at the Department of Health (DOH) receives applications to prescribe and dispense medicines and publishes a list of approved individuals and pharmacies.

Key Points

  • Over 5,500 licenced medicine dispensers in South Africa
  • Licence data includes name, address and expiry date of licence
  • Also data on Section 22A(15) Primary Care Drug Therapy (PCDT) permits
  • And pharmacy premises license applications

Why is it Important?

Medicines can only be accessed through individuals and pharmacies that are licenced to prescribe and dispense that medicine. Patients should be able to verify the registration of medicine dispensers.

How can it be accessed and used?

There are three main components to the DOH Affordable Medicine Directorate's Licencing Unit data:

  1. Dispensing licence: Applications are made to the Director-General: Health, in terms of Section 22C(1)a of the Medicines and Related Substances Act (Act 101 of 1965) for a licence to dispense medicines (authorised prescribers) or a licence to compound and dispense (homeopaths only). The list of approved licence holders is published as table in a PDF file.
  2. Section 22(A)15 permit holders: Primary Care Drug Therapy (PCDT) Permit applications are made to the Director-General: Health in terms of Section 22A(15) of the Medicines and Related Substances Act (Act 101 of 1965). The list of approved permit holders is published as table in a PDF file.
  3. Pharmacy premises licence: An application for a pharmacy premises licence is made to the Director-General: Health Section 22 and 22A of the Pharmacy Act, 1974 (Act 53 of 1974) and its regulations. Data has not been published on pharmacy premises licence holders.

Medicine dispensing licence holders

Location: South Africa
Year: 2017Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • Surname: Of the individual licenced to dispense medicine
  • Premises Address: Address from which the licensee is approved to dispense from
  • Commence Date Expiry: Expiry date for the licence
  • licensing
  • health

Resource contact name:Licensing Unit, Directorate: Affordable Medicines, Department of Health

Creation or start date:2018-12-11

Resource contact updated at:2018-12-14

Spatial coverage  South Africa

Where else has the resource been used?

Year Project Name::
2018 Concourt slams MPs for including vets in new drug licence law
2016 Cape police bust bogus doctors
2001 To Diagnose, Prescribe and Dispense: Whose Right Is It? The Ongoing Struggle Between Pharmacy and Medicine in South Africa