Initial Set Up

First set up as Drug Analysis & Research Unit (DARU) at the University of Nairobi, Department of Pharmacy through facilitation of the Ministry of Health.

Dedicated Quality Control

MoH decided to upgrade DARU by establishing a dedicated quality control laboratory to support the National Drug Policy.

GTZ Study

A project study was carried out by the German Government through GTZ on the establishment of NQCL.

German Government agrees to assist.

German Government agreed to assist in the establishment of the NQCL.

Act of Parliament

The Government of Kenya through an Act of Parliament; CAP 244 Section 35D (Pharmacy & Poisons (Amendment) Act, 1992); established the Laboratory as a legal entity.

GTZ - Kenyan Government Agreement

GTZ reached an agreement with the Kenyan Government to renovate the facility and equip the laboratory at its present location

NQCL,GTZ, Kenyan Government Joint Effort

NQCL run jointly by GTZ and the Kenyan Government from 1994-1999.

Hand Over to Kenyan Government

Full operation of the laboratory handed over to the Kenyan Government

WHO Pre-Qualification

Attained WHO prequalification

WHO Pre-Qualification Status

Retained WHO prequalification status

ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

Attained ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditiation


National Quality Control Laboratory was first conceived in 1978 as an initiative of the Ministry of Health looking into the possibilities of improving drug control activities through the development of a quality control laboratory. The Laboratory was established as a legal entity through an Act of Parliament; CAP 244 Section 35D (Pharmacy & Poisons (Amendment) Act, 1992).


The examination and testing of drugs and any material or substance from or with which and the manner in which drugs may be manufactured, processed or treated and ensuring the quality control of drugs and medicinal substances;

Performing chemical, biological, biochemical, physiological and pharmacological analysis and other pharmaceutical evaluation; and

Testing, at the request of the Board and on behalf of the Government, of locally manufactured and imported drugs or medicinal substances with a view to determining whether such drugs or medicinal substances comply with this Act or rules made there under.

Corporate Values

  1. Employee Involvement and Welfare – Employees’ involvement at all levels is the hallmark of the Laboratory. Every member is expected to exhibit high standards of integrity and professionalism. We are committed to the welfare of its workers.
  2. Environmental awareness – We address social and environmental issues responsibly through community participation.
  3. Integrity and honesty – We endeavor to guarantee customers the best quality products, fast and efficient services. Our staff give their best to national building by exhibiting high standards of integrity and honesty.
  4. Innovation and Technology – We embrace new innovations and latest technological development in our operations to the benefit of the health sector.
  5. Competence and Excellence - We strive to be a role model in promoting and sustaining standards of competence and excellence.
  6. Commitment to customer service – Our commitment to service excellence is demonstrated by our projected improvement in process service delivery using Information Technology packages as a tool and in continued training of staff in customer service; teamwork, respect, confidentiality, friendliness.
  7. Quality service – We strive for excellence in the delivery of quality service to our customers and clients. We exhibit customer sensitivity, ensuring timely delivery of services.
  8. Teamwork and productivity – We are a multi and intra – disciplinary organisation requiring effective teamwork to deliver services. We support and facilitate teamwork by recognizing both team and individual effort, hard work, output, continuous learning, accepting change and confidentiality.


ISO/IEC 17025

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.

It is applicable to all organizations performing tests and/or calibrations. These include, for example, first-, second- and third-party laboratories, and laboratories where testing and/or calibration forms part of inspection and product certification.