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Pharmacy Education

All institutions that provide pharmacy education and training should abide with standards set by the Pharmacy Council before are registered by the National Accreditation Council for Technical Education (NACTE) or Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).

Pursuant to the Pharmacy Act, Cap 311, the Council has a number of important functions related to the education and training of pharmacists, pharmaceutical technicians, pharmaceutical assistants and medicines dispensers. This is done in order to promote a high standard of education for all pharmaceutical personnel and ensure that all registered personnel undertake appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The detailed requirements for education and training has been provided in the Pharmacy (Education and Training) Regulations GN. 333 of 2005.

In the pharmacy profession, there are four major categories of personnel based on their levels of training namely:-
   a) Basic Technician Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences- qualify as a medicines dispenser
   b) Technician Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences - qualify as a pharmaceutical assistant
   c) Ordinary Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences - qualify as a pharmaceutical technician
   d) Bachelor Degree of Pharmacy – qualify as a pharmacist

The levels are based on years of training. Under this, the Basic Technician Certificate (1 year), Technician Certificate (2 years) and Ordinary Diploma (3 years) in pharmaceutical sciences determine the competences acquired to each cadre.

The Bachelor Degree of Pharmacy is a four (4) years program which encompasses a graduate with necessary skills and knowledge of all aspects of the medicines in the scope of pharmacy.