History of Pharmacy Council
Nepal Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) has played a pivotal role in the formation of Nepal Pharmacy Council (NPC). The NPA’s exercise for preparation of draft of NPC Act took momentum after implementation of National Drug Policy 1995 (B.S. 2051) that clearly spelled out for the policy strategy (Section 4.4c) aiming to promulgate legislative measures to register pharmacy manpower engaged in the pharmacy profession. The draft prepared by NPA was discussed in the national seminar entitled “Need of Pharmacy Council for the Development of Pharmacy Services in Nepal” on 10 April 1997 (28 Chaitra 2053) on the auspicious occasion of NPA’s silver jubilee. The draft recommended by the seminar was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Population for further action. It was circulated to various organizations for their views and support. The draft received final approval of the Ministry of Health and Population only after NPA Executive board delegation has several round of discussion with the then Health Minister. Based on these discussions NPA submitted a justification document for the NPC Act, the summary points of which as reported by the Gorkha Patra on 2 Shrawan 2057 were:
In addition to these efforts NPA defended and clarified queries raised by different ministries, council and other organization on various aspects of draft NPC Act through out the period between B.S.2054 until the Act was finally approved by the Parliament in 2000 (B.S. 2057) and enacted from January 2001.