How to Start pharmacy business in Tanzania. Legal Procedures.

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If you’re considering venturing into the pharmacy business in Tanzania, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process. These procedures is from The Pharmacy Act, sections 16,17,36,37 and 38. (Procedures Number 1 Up to 4 is concerning only to person (pharmacist) )

  1. Education Qualifications: To start a pharmacy business in Tanzania, you must hold a pharmacy degree or an equivalent qualification recognized by the council.
  2. Practical Experience: Ensure you’ve fulfilled the allied requirements for practical experience as a pharmacist. Practical training is crucial to gain hands-on knowledge in the field.
  3. Professional Conduct: Demonstrate professional and general conduct that deems you a suitable and upright individual for registration.
  4. Internship Training: Undergo a one-year internship training to further enhance your practical skills and knowledge within a real-world pharmacy setting.
  5. Registration Fees: Pay the required registration fees as stipulated by the regulatory authorities.
  6. Obtain Certificate: After completing the necessary steps and meeting the criteria, you’ll receive a certificate that signifies your eligibility to operate as a pharmacist in Tanzania.
  7. Registration of Premises: Ensure that the premises where you intend to operate your pharmacy business are registered and comply with the relevant regulations.
  8. Trading Licences: Obtain trading licenses from the local authorities that allow you to legally conduct business in your chosen location.
  9. Tax Identification Number (TIN): Acquire a Tax Identification Number (TIN) from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA). This is essential for tax purposes and business legality.
  10. Launch Your Business: With all the prerequisites in place, you’re now ready to start your pharmacy business in Tanzania.

what is pharmacist?

pharmacist is a trained medical professional responsible for dispensing prescription medications and providing expert advice on their appropriate use.

What is pharmacy?

Pharmacy, on the other hand, refers to the practice of preparing and dispensing medicines to individuals for medical treatment.


This Depends on Capital and place of business.

An applicant who wishes to construct a  pharmacy shall ensure that the premises are in conformity with the following standards:

According to regulation 7 of THE PHARMACY (PREMISES REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS, 2020 provides as the following;

(a) the external and internal appearance of  pharmacies are in white, cream, light in colour;

(b) the design and layout of the pharmacy must be  of such a way that only allows pharmaceutical 

personnel to have direct access to prescription  and controlled medicines;

(c) the design and layout of the pharmacy must  permit a logical flow of work, effective  communication, supervision, effective cleaning, maintenance and must minimize the risk of  errors, cross-contamination and anything else  which would have an adverse effect on the  quality of pharmaceuticals;

(d) all parts of the premises must be maintained in  an orderly, tidy condition and suitable effective 

means of lighting and ventilation;

(e) electronic devices for attendance monitoring  shall be installed;

(f) fire extinguisher is installed, checked and  maintained regularly;

(g) pharmaceuticals must be protected from the adverse effects of light or other temperature  extremes and dampness; the temperature in pharmacy premises must be 

maintained below 250c and must have an airconditioner and fans installed in the premises, 

which are in a good working order and working  room thermometer shall be hung from the wall;

(i) availability of clean hand wash basin or sink  which is easy to maintain in a hygienic condition and has a source of running water and a closed  drainage system;

(j) for facilities which have toilets, the toilets must  not be considered on the total size of a pharmacy or not used for storage of pharmaceuticals and  must be kept clean and in good order; and.

(k) storage areas must be secured, have sufficient area, shelving and pallets which is easy for 

arrangements and maintained in a hygienic condition.

when you apply for Registration of premise you must acompany the following

(a) a copy of lease agreement or other agreement in  terms of which the applicant has the right to occupy the proposed pharmaceutical premises;

(b) if he is the owner of the premises, should submit  certified copy of the title deed or similar  document evidencing his right of occupancy of such premises;

(c) a copy of the site plan of the building indicating the location of the pharmaceutical premises in relation to adjoining or surrounding businesses and access to and from such premises;

(d) a copy of the plan layout of the actual pharmacy premises;

(e) proof of payment of prescribed fee; and 

f) any other document which the Council may deem necessary. 

That requirement as per regulation 8 of THE PHARMACY (PREMISES REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS, 2020

Application of pharmacy 


A person who wishes to conduct business of a pharmacy shall make an application to the Registrar for pharmacy permit shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

(2) The application for pharmacy permit shall also  be accompanied by the following documents-

(a) application for premises registration;

(b) copy of legal document indicating that the  superintendent is in association or constitutes a 

body corporate to the proposed pharmacy business;

(c) copy of superintendent’s licence to practice;

(d) a letter of commitment addressed to the Registrar declaring that the superintendent shall serve in his capacity to the proposed pharmacy business;

(e) copy of contract with at least one other pharmaceutical personnel to be bound to the pharmacy business in its daily operations; and

(f) any other document which the Council may deem necessary.


This publication has been prepared for general guidance on matters of interest only, and does not constitute professional advice. You should not act upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining specific professional advice. 

Thi depends with capital and place of business.


Starting a pharmacy business in Tanzania involves a series of well-defined steps, from educational qualifications to regulatory compliance.

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