Chemists and Druggists Act


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CAP. 311 CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS ACT BELIZE

CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS ACT

CHAPTER 311

REVISED EDITION 2000

SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000

This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner

under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Laws of Belize,

Revised Edition 1980 - 1990.

This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws- Page

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS 3

CHEMIST AND DRUGGISTS ACT 6

Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000.

BELIZE

CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS ACT

CHAPTER 311

REVISED EDITION 2000

SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000

This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner

under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Laws of Belize,

Revised Edition 1980 - 1990.

This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws- Page

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS 3

CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS ACT 6

Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000.

THE SUBSTANTIVE LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2000

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CHAPTER 311

CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Qualifications for registration.

4. Certificates of qualification.

5. Board of Examiners.

6. Procedure by candidates for examination.

7. Nature of examination.

8. Certificate to be issued to successful candidate.

9. Examination fee.

10. Remuneration to members of Board.

11. Registration.

12. Register of chemists and druggists.

13. Change of address to be notified.

14. Removal of names from Register.

15. Appeal.

16. Cases of wrongful removal.

17. Penalty for falsely procuring registration.

18. Liability to have licence revoked.

19. Annual lists.

20. Effect of registration.

21. Registration fee.

22. Sale of drugs and poisons.

23. Restriction on sale or supply of poisons.

24. Regulations for keeping, etc., of poisons.

25. Restrictions as to sale of poisons generally.

26. Drug department to be closed in absence of licensed person.

27. Penalty for falsely introducing purchaser.

28. Power to inspect books kept under section 25.

29. By whom poisons may be sold or dispensed.

30. Chemists’ and druggists’ signs.

31. Saving clause.

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32. Title or sign of chemist and druggist to be used only by registered

persons.

33. Excessive dose of poison in a prescription to be initialled by pres-

criber.

34. Addition of articles in Schedules, how proved.

35. General fine.

36. Fine for offering for sale drugs and medicines unfit for use.

37. Power to seize drugs and destroy unfit medicines.

38. Inspection and search of shop or store of registered person.

39. Power to prohibit sale of certain patent or proprietary medicines.

40. Penalties, how recoverable.

41. Minister may issue written authority to any person to sell drugs and

poisons.

42. Application.

FIRST SCHEDULE

SECOND SCHEDULE

THIRD SCHEDULE

FOURTH SCHEDULE

FIFTH SCHEDULE

SIXTH SCHEDULE

SEVENTH SCHEDULE

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CHEMISTS AND DRUGGIST

[1st January, 1940]

1. This Act may be cited as the Chemists and Druggists Act.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

“Board” means the Board of Examiners appointed under section 5;

“chemist and druggist” means any person who sells or keeps open shop for

retailing, dispensing or compounding drugs or poisons;

“drug” includes medicine, compound medicine and medicinal prepara-

tion;

“poison” means the articles named and described in the First Schedule and

any other article or articles which the Minister may, by Order published in the

Gazette, declare to be included in the said Schedule:

Provided that no article so declared shall be deemed to be a poison until

the expiration of one month from the date of such publication;

“recognised pharmaceutical school” means any pharmaceutical school which

Ch. 83,

R. L., 1958.

CAP. 244,

R. E. 1980-1990.

40 of 1963.

S. I. 17 of 1964.

Short title.

Interpretation.

First Schedule.

40 of 1963.

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the Minister may, on the recommendation of the Board, decide to treat as such

for the purposes of this Act;

“Register” means the “Chemists and Druggists Register” kept under section

12;

“Belize City” means all that part of Belize City contained within the prescribed

line as laid down in any statutory instrument made under the Belize City Council

Act, and within a distance of five hundred yards beyond such line.

3.-(1) No person shall be entitled to be registered under this Act as chemist

and druggist unless he is of the age of eighteen years or upwards and gives

proof to the satisfaction of the Board that he is a person of good character,

and-

(a) is entitled to be registered in Great Britain or Northern Ireland

as a chemist and druggist or as a pharmaceutical chemist; or

(b) is the lawful holder of a diploma or certificate from a pharma-

ceutical school for the time being recognised by the Board

as furnishing a sufficient guarantee of the possession of the

requisite knowledge and skill for conducting the business of

chemist and druggist and proves to the satisfaction of the

Board that he is the lawful holder of such a diploma or cer-

tificate:

Provided that the Board, with the approval of the Min-

ister shall, in the month of January of each year, publish in the

Gazette, a list of pharmaceutical schools for the time being

recognised by the Board; or

(c) was at the date of the coming into operation of this Act

carrying on, in Belize, the business of a chemist and

druggist; or

CAP. 85.

Qualifications

for registration.

(d) has been actually engaged and employed without interrup-

tion for a period of not less than three years as dispenser

to a registered medical practitioner or as assistant to a

chemist and druggist in Belize, or at any Public Hospital Dis-

pensary, the last year of which being devoted to dispens-

ing, and has obtained a certificate from the Board that he

has success fully passed the examination provided for in

subsection (2).

(2) On the coming into force of this Act, all persons engaged and em-

ployed under a registered medical practitioner or as assistant to a chemist and

druggist or at any Public Hospital Dispensary, with a view to qualifying to sit

for the examination in accordance with paragraph (d) of subsection (1) shall,

within one month of being engaged and employed, send written notification to

the Director of Health Services specifying the date on which such engagement

and employment commenced and any person failing to give such notification

shall, except with the special approval of the Board, be ineligible to sit for any

examination held by the Board.

4. Any person who proves to the satisfaction of the Board that he pos-

sesses any one of the qualifications mentioned in section 3 (1) (a), (b) and (c)

shall be entitled to obtain from the Board a certificate in the form given in the

Second Schedule.

5.-(1) The Minister may appoint the Director of Health Services and two

or more duly registered medical practitioners to be a Board of Examiners

for the purpose of examining persons desirous of being registered as chemists

and druggists under this Act and for carrying out other matters provided

for in this Act.

(2) The Minister may from time to time vary the number of the mem-

bers of the Board and remove any member thereof other than the Director

of Health Services and appoint any other duly registered medical practi-

tioner in his place and fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of

Certificates of

qualification.

Second Schedule.

Board of

Examinationers.

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the Board, and appoint any duly registered medical practitioner to act

in the place of any member of the Board, other than the Director of

Health Services.

6. Any person desiring to be examined under this Act shall apply to the

Board through the Director of Health Services, and the Board shall on being

satisfied that such person has had a good general education and possesses the

qualifications required by section 3 (1) (d) and has paid the prescribed fee,

proceed to examine such person in such manner and at such time and place as

it may think fit.

7. Every examination held under this Act shall be such as sufficiently tests

the candidate’s knowledge of drugs and poisons, his ability to prepare and

make up prescriptions and medicines, and his fitness to be entrusted with the

sale of drugs and poisons.

8. The Board shall, on the application of any person who has successfully

passed the examination mentioned in section 7, give him a certificate in the form

given in the Third Schedule.

9. Each candidate for examination under this Act shall, before sitting for

such examination, pay into the Treasury a fee of twenty-five dollars.

10. Out of the fees paid in respect of any examination under this Act there

may be paid by way of remuneration to the members of the Board such sum as

the Minister may direct.

11. Every person who presents to the Registrar General a certificate from

the Board in the form in the Second Schedule or Third Schedule and satisfies

him that he is the person referred to in the certificate, shall, on production of the

Accountant General’s receipt for the prescribed fee, be entitled to be regis-

tered under this Act.

Procedure by

candidates for

examination.

Nature of

examination.

Certificate to be

issued to

successful

candidate.

Third Schedule.

Examination fee.

Remuneration to

members of

Board.

Registration.

Second Schedule.

Third Schedule.

12. The Registrar General shall make and keep a “Chemists’ and Drug-

gists’ Register” as nearly as may be in the form in the Fourth Schedule of all

persons registered under this Act.

13. Any person whose name has been entered in the Register shall from

time to time communicate to the Registrar General any change in his postal

address.

14. The Registrar General may remove from the Register the name of-

(a) every person who fails to reply within two calendar months to

any communication duly made to him relative to matters

provided for in this Act;

(b) any person who has died;

(c) any person who has ceased to reside in Belize or is absent

therefrom for a longer period than twelve months without

communicating to the Registrar General his intention to

return.

15. Any person whose name has been removed from the Register on ac-

count of prolonged absence from Belize or on account of not replying to any

communication addressed to him by the Registrar General may appeal to the

Board who may direct that the name of such person be restored to the Regis-

ter, either without payment of a fee or on the payment of a fee not exceeding

ten dollars, as the Board may think fit.

16. When any person proves to the satisfaction of the Board that his name

has been wrongly erased from the Register, the Board may direct that the

name be restored without the payment of any further fee.

17. Any person who falsely procures the entry of his name in the Register

commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars.

Register of

chemists and

druggists.

Fourth Schedule.

Change of

address to be

notified.

Removal of names

from Register.

Appeal.

Cases of wrongful

removal.

Penalty for falsely

procuring registra-

tion.

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18.-(1) Whenever any chemist and druggist registered under this Act-

(a) is convicted of any felony or misdemeanour, or of any offence

under this Act; or

(b) is shown to the satisfaction of the Minister to be incompetent

or addicted to habitual intemperance,

the Minister may direct his name to be removed from the Register permanently

or for such time as he thinks fit, and such removal shall be published in the

Gazette.

(2) Any person whose name has been temporarily removed from the Reg-

ister shall, on the expiration of the period for which such removal was to con-

tinue, be entitled on payment of the proscribed fee to have his name replaced

on the Register.

19.-(1) The Registrar General shall, in the month of January in each year cause

to be printed and published in the Gazette a correct copy of the Register on

31st December preceding, and in such Register the names shall be in alphabeti-

cal order according to the surnames and it shall be in the form in the Fourth

Schedule.

(2) A copy of the Gazette containing such Register shall be evidence in all

courts of law that the persons therein specified are registered under this Act,

and the absence of the name of any person from such Register shall be sufficient

evidence that such person is not registered under this Act unless the contrary is

shown.

20. Registration under this Act shall not entitle any person to practise medi-

cine or surgery or any branch of medicine or surgery or to hold himself out as

such.

21.-(1) Subject to subsection (2), there shall be paid into the Treasury a fee of

Liability to have

licence revoked.

Annual lists.

Fourth Schedule.

Effect of

registration.

Registration fee.

ten dollars in respect of the registration of every person under this Act.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply to any person applying for registration

in respect of the qualification required by section 3 (1) (c).

22.-(1) Subject to this Act, no person shall-

(a) keep open any shop for selling, retailing, dispensing or

compounding any drugs, poisons or patent or proprietary

medicines; or

(b) sell, retail, dispense or compound any drugs, poisons or patent

or proprietary medicine in any shop,

unless that shop is under the immediate personal control, management and

supervision of a registered chemist and druggist employed therein for the pur-

pose, and the drug, poison, patent or proprietary medicine is sold, retailed,

dispensed or compounded by or under the direct charge and supervision of

that duly registered chemist and druggist.

(2) No registered chemist and druggist who is employed in the control,

management and supervision of any one shop shall be capable of being so

employed in any other shop, and any such employment in any shop whilst he

holds such employment shall be invalid in all respects whatever.

(3) The registered person by or under whose supervision any drug or

poison is dispensed or compounded shall write on a label on the bottle or

other package containing the drug or poison his name or initials, and any label

attached to any such bottle or package, and having the name or initials of any

registered person written thereon, shall be sufficient evidence in any case that

such drug or poison was dispensed or compounded by him or under his su-

pervision, unless the contrary is shown.

(4) The person by or in whose name any such open shop as aforesaid is

Sale of drugs and

poisons.

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kept shall see that subsection (3) is complied with in respect of all drugs or

poisons sent from his shop.

23.-(1) No person shall sell any poison to any person under twelve years of

age except on the prescription of a registered medical practitioner.

(2) No person shall sell or supply to any person any of the following poi-

sons listed in the First Schedule, except on the prescription of a registered

medical practitioner, registered dentist or Government veterinary surgeon:

Sulphanimide, Prontosil, Prontosil Alba, Sulphapyridine, M & B 693, Dagenan

and its compounds, Sulphathiazole, phthalylsulphathiazole, sulphadiazine, sul-

phamerazine, sulphamethazine, sulphaguanidine and any compound or prepa-

rations of the sulphanamide group of drugs:

Provided that an importer of poisons may sell or transfer any of the above-

mentioned poisons to any of the following persons-

(a) a medical practitioner registered in Belize;

(b) a dentist registered in Belize;

(c) a chemist or druggist registered under this Act;

(d) a Government veterinary surgeon;

(e) a Government institution.

(3) Any person who contravenes this section commits an offence and is

liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars or to imprisonment

for a term not exceeding three months, or to both such fine and term of impris-

onment.

Restrictions on

sale or supply of

poisons.

First Schedule.

24.-(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, or keep open a shop for

retailing, dispensing or compounding, poisons unless he conforms to the fol-

lowing provisions or to any regulations, providing-

(a) that in the keeping of poisons, each bottle, vessel, box or

package, containing a poison be labelled with the name of the

article, and also with some distinctive mark indicating that it

contains poison;

(b) that in the keeping of poisons, each poison be kept in a

bottle, vessel, box or package in a cupboard set apart for

dangerous articles, the cupboard to be kept locked;

(c) that in the dispensing and selling of poisons, all liniments,

embrocations, lotions and liquid disinfectants containing

poison be sent out in blue bottles rendered distinguishable

by touch from ordinary medicine bottles, and that there also

be affixed to every bottle, vessel, box or package, in which

poison is delivered, sold or dispensed, in addition to the

name of the article, and to any particular instructions for its

use, a label giving notice that the contents of the bottle are

not to be taken internally.

(2) Any person who contravenes this section or any regulations made

thereunder commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine

not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars and in default of payment to im-

prisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

25.-(1) No person shall-

(a) sell any poison either by wholesale or retail unless the box,

bottle, vessel, wrapper or cover in which such poison is con-

tained is distinctly labelled with the name of the article and the

word “poison”, and with the name and address of the seller

Regulations for

keeping, etc., of

poisons.

Restrictions as to

sale of poisons

generally.

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of the poison;

(b) sell any poison named in the first column, except subject to the

exemptions enumerated in the second column of the First

Schedule or hereafter added thereto by the Minister under

section 2 to any person unknown to the seller unless intro-

duced by some person known to the seller.

(2) On every sale of any article mentioned in subsection (1), the seller shall,

before delivery, make or cause to be made an entry in a book to be kept for

that purpose in accordance with the form of the Fifth Schedule stating the date

of sale, the name and address of the purchaser, the name and quantity of the

article sold and the purpose for which it is stated by the purchaser to be re-

quired, to which entry the signature of the seller and of the purchaser and of the

introducer, if any, shall be affixed, unless such purchaser or introducer pro-

fesses to be unable to write, in which case the person making the entries hereby

required shall add to the particulars to be entered in relation to such sale the

words “cannot write”.

(3) The poison book shall be kept for at least two years after the date of

the last entry therein.

(4) Any person who sells poison otherwise than in accordance with this

section commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars for

the first offence and to a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars for the second

or any subsequent offence.

(5) For the purposes of this section, the person on whose behalf any sale is

made by any apprentice or servant shall be deemed to be the seller.

(6) This section shall not apply to articles to be exported from Belize by

wholesale dealers, or to sales by wholesale to retail dealers in the ordinary

course of wholesale dealing, or to any article when forming part of the ingredi-

ents of any medicine dispensed by or under the supervision of a person regis-

First Schedule.

Fifth Schedule.

tered under this Act:

Provided that-

(a) such medicine is labelled in the manner aforesaid with the name

and address of the seller, and the ingredients thereof be en-

tered with the name of the person to or for whom it is sold or

delivered in a book to be kept by the seller for that purpose;

(b) if such medicine is for external application, it shall also be

distinctly labelled with the words, “Poison for external use

only”.

26.-(1) No person shall leave his shop or store, or that part thereof that may

be kept for the sale and dispensing of drugs and poisons, open during his

absence without leaving a registered chemist and druggist in charge thereof

and actually in attendance therein, unless before leaving he puts away and

properly secures articles which under this Act cannot be sold except by a

registered person.

(2) Any person who contravenes this section commits an offence and is

liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, and in default of payment to

imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month.

(3) In any prosecution under this section, the particulars set forth on any

label affixed to a container purporting to indicate the contents of such con-

tainer shall be sufficient evidence of the contents of such container, unless the

contrary is shown.

27. Any person who introduces a purchaser under section 25 without

bona fide knowing the name and place of abode of the person so introduced

commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.

Drug department

to be closed in

absence of

licensed person.

Penalty for falsely

introducing

purchaser.

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28. Every book kept in accordance with section 25 shall be open to the

inspection of any superior officer or non-commissioned officer of police, and

every person refusing to allow any such book in his possession to be so in-

spected commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred

and fifty dollars.

29.-(1) No poison shall be sold, dispensed or delivered by the assistant, ap-

prentice or shopman of any chemist and druggist unless that assistant, appren-

tice or shopman is registered under this Act or sells, dispenses or delivers such

poison under the supervision of some person registered under this Act.

(2) Any assistant, apprentice or shopman who contravenes this section,

and any chemist and druggist who permits or allows such assistant, apprentice

or shopman to contravene this section, is liable to a fine not exceeding one

hundred dollars.

30.-(1) Any person or firm carrying on the business of a chemist and druggist

shall have over the principal entrance of such shop painted in legible characters

at least one inch in length, the name of such chemist and druggist or firm and the

words, “Licensed to sell drugs and poisons”.

(2) Any person offending against this section shall be liable to a fine not

exceeding one hundred dollars.

31.-(1) Nothing in this Act shall extend to-

(a) the sale or supply of medicines or poisons by any duly regis-

tered medical practitioner to his patient:

Provided that such drugs or poisons are dispensed or

sold by him or some person under his supervision;

(b) the sale of any drug not being a poison by wholesale to retail

dealers other than chemists and druggists in the ordinary course

Power to inspect

books kept

under section

25.

By whom

poisons may be

sold or dis-

pensed.

Chemists’ and

druggists’ signs.

Saving clause.

of wholesale dealing;

(c) the sale of any drug or poison to any person registered under

this Act or to any duly qualified medical practitioner;

(d) the sale by any person of the following articles-

(i) controlled drugs under and in accordance with the

Misuse of Drugs Act, or any statutory modification

or replacement of the same;

(ii) mineral or artificial waters or the salts or other mate-

rial employed in their preparation;

(iii) medicinal substances in common use mentioned in the

Sixth Schedule, or any other substance which the

Minister may by Order published in the Gazette de-

clare to be added to the said Schedule;

(iv) any herb, vegetable, gum, oil or seed, not being a

poison, in its natural state, or not specially prepared

so as to be fitted for medicinal use only, though the

same may be used in medicine;

(v) articles, not being poisons, which are to be used for

flavouring foods or drinks or for perfumery, painting,

tanning, dyeing, soapmaking or any other industrial

art or manufacture.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in this Act, the Minister may, whenever sat-

isfied that it is for the convenience of the public in any area to do so, by Order

published in the Gazette, authorise the sale in that area of any poisons used

for sanitary, industrial, agricultural or veterinary purposes specified in the Sev-

enth Schedule so long as the poisons are confined to the substances enumer-

CAP. 103.

Sixth Schedule.

Seventh Schedule.

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ated in the second column of the said Schedule, or such drugs and patent or

proprietary medicines as may be specified in such Order by persons not duly

licensed under this Act, and may by any subsequent Order similarly made,

revoke or vary any such authority.

(3) The drugs or medicines that may be sold in any area, the boundaries of

any area and the names of the persons authorised to sell, shall be published in

the Gazette.

(4) The Minister may, by a like Order, make rules regulating the sale of

poisons, drugs and medicines under subsection (3) and may by any subsequent

Order similarly made, revoke or amend any such rule.

(5) Every person who contravenes any rules made under this section com-

mits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.

32.-(1) Any person who, not being registered under this Act, holds himself out

as, or pretends to be licensed under this Act, or uses or takes the name or title

of chemist and druggist, or of chemist or druggist or of dispensing chemist or

druggist, or any name, title or addition implying such qualification, or that he is

a person duly licensed under this Act, commits an offence and is liable to a fine

not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a body corporate, a firm or partner-

ship, may carry on the business of a chemist or druggist or of dispensing chem-

ist or druggist, and may use the description of chemist and druggist or of chem-

ist or druggist, or dispensing chemist or druggist if-

(a) the requirements of section 22 are complied with in relation to

such business; and

(b) in the premises where such business is carried on, the name of

the person duly registered under this Act is conspicuously exhi-

bited in the shop or place in which such business is carried on.

S. I. 17 of 1964.

Title or sign of

chemist and

druggist to be

used only by

registered

persons.

33. Every chemist and druggist who receives a prescription in which the

maximum dose of any poisonous drug as laid down in the British Pharmaco-

poeia has been exceeded shall not dispense it unless such dose is specially

initialled by the prescriber, but shall without delay refer the prescription to him

to be initialled if correct, before proceeding to dispense it.

34. Any copy of the Gazette containing what purports to be a declaration

of the Minister that any article is a poison, or any article is a medicinal sub-

stance in common use, shall be sufficient evidence that such article has been

duly added to the First Schedule or the Sixth Schedule, as the case may be.

35. Any person who infringes any of the provisions of this Act or of any

regulations, rules or Orders, made thereunder for the breach of which no pen-

alty is hereinbefore provided shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hun-

dred dollars.

36.-(1) No person having or keeping open shop for the sale of drugs or medi-

cines shall sell or offer for sale any drug or medicine unfit for use.

(2) Any person offending against this section is liable to a fine not exceed-

ing five hundred dollars, in addition to and irrespectively of any fine to which

he may be liable in case he is not registered under this Act.

37. It shall be lawful for the magistrate by whom any person is convicted

under section 36 to order the seizure and destruction of the whole of the unfit

drugs or medicines in the possession of such person, in respect of the selling or

offering for sale of which or part of which such person has been convicted.

38. Any person authorised in writing by the Minister or any magistrate or

any member of the Board may at all reasonable times enter the shop or store

of any person registered under or employing as provided by section 22 a

person registered under this Act and inspect and search it, and survey, prove

and determine whether the drugs and medicines therein are or are not unfit for

Excessive dose of

poison in a

prescription to be

initialled by

prescriber.

Addition of

articles to

Schedules, how

proved.

First Schedule.

Sixth Schedule.

General fine.

Fine for offering

for sale drugs and

medicine unfit for

use.

Inspection and

search of shop or

store of registered

person.

40 of 1963.

Power to seize

drugs and destroy

unfit medicines.

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use as such and may take samples for further examination or analysis of any

drugs or medicines that he may see reason to believe are not fit for use, paying

a fair price for the same.

39. The sale of any patent or proprietary medicine may be at any time pro-

hibited by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette the representation of

the Board that the sale of such article is fraught with danger to the public.

40. All penalties imposed by this Act may be recovered on summary con-

viction.

41.-(1) Notwithstanding anything in this Act, the Minister may, if he thinks

proper, authorise by writing under the hand of the Permanent Secretary any

person named in such authority, to sell such drugs and poisons for such period,

within such areas, and subject to such conditions, limitations and restrictions in

all respects as the Minister may prescribe and may be specified in such written

authority.

(2) The Minister may at any time by notice under the hand of the Perma-

nent Secretary, cancel such authority.

42.-(1) This Act shall apply to, and have effect in Belize City, City of Belmo-

pan, Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town, San Ignacio, Benque Viejo del

Carmen, Dangriga, Punta Gorda and Monkey River Village, and to and in any

other place or area to which the Minister may, by Order published in the Ga-

zette, direct that this Act or any part thereof shall apply and have effect.

(2) With respect to parts of Belize lying outside the aforesaid towns, places

and areas, sections 25, 27 and 28 only shall apply and have effect.

Power to

prohibit sale of

certain patent or

proprietary

medicines.

Penalties, how

recoverable.

Minister may

issue authority

to any persons

to sell drugs and

poisons.

Application.

FIRST SCHEDULE

[Sections 2, 23 (1), 25 (1) (b) and 34]

POISONS LIST AND EXEMPTIONS

Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of the

Seventh Schedule)

Acetanilide; alkyl acetanilides....................... Substances not being

preparations for the

treatment of human

ailments.

Alkali fluorides other than those specified in

Part II of this List

Alkaloids, the following; their salts, simple or

complex:-

Acetyldihydrocodeinone; its esters

Aconite, alkaloids of

Apomorphine

Atropine

Belladonna, alkaloids of

Benzoylmorphine

Benzylmorphine

Brucine

Calabar bean, alkaloids of

Coca, alkaloids of

Cocaine

Codeine

Colchicine

Coniine

Cotarnine

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Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of

the Seventh Schedule)

Curarine

Diacetylmorphine

Dihydrocodeinone; its esters

Dihydrohydroxycodeinone; its esters

Dihydromorphine; its esters

Dihydromorphinone; its esters

Ecgonine; its esters

Emetine............................................

Ephedra, alkaloids of .....................

Ergot, alkaloids of

Ethylmorphine

Gelsemium, alkaloids of

Homatropine

Hyoscine

Hyoscyamine

Jaborandi, alkaloids of .....................

Lobelia , alkaloids of .......................

Ipecacuanha; extracts and tinctures of

ipecacuanha; substances containing

less than 0.05 percent of emetine.

Substances containing less than one

percent of the alkaloids of ephedra.

Substances containing less than 0.025

per cent. of the alkaloids of jaborandi.

Preparations for the relief of asthma

in the form of cigarettes, smoking mix-

tures or fumigants; substances contain-

ing less than 0.1 percent of the alka-

loids of lobelia.

Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of the

Seventh Schedule)

Morphine

Papaverine

Pomegranate, alkaloids of

Quebracho, alkaloids of, other than the........... Pomegranate bark

alkaloids of red quebracho

Sabadilla, alkaloids of

Solanaceous alkaloids not otherwise

included in this List

Stavesacre, alkaloids of ................................. Stramonium contained in

preparations for the relief of

asthma in the form of ciga-

rettes, smoking mixtures or

fumigants, soaps; ointments;

lotions for external use.

Strychnine

Thebaine

Veratrum, alkaloids of

Yohimba, alkaloids of

Allylisopropylacetylurea

Amidopyrine; its salts

Amino-alcohols, esterified with benzoic acid,

phenylacetic acid, phenylpropionic acid, cin-

namic acid or the derivatives of these acids

Amyl nitrite

Antimony, chlorides of; oxides of antimony;

sulphides of antimony; antimonates

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Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of

the Seventh Schedule)

antimonites; organic compounds

of antimony

Arsenical substances, the following,.................

except those specified in the Seventh

Schedule: arsenic, halides of; oxides of

arsenic; arsenates; arsenites; organic

compounds of arsenic

Barbituric acid; its salts; derivatives of

barbituric acid; their salts; compounds of

barbituric acid, its salts, its derivatives;

their salts, with any other substance

Barium, salts of, other than barium sulphate

and the salts of barium specified in the

Seventh Schedule

Butyl chloral hydrate

Cannabis (the dried flowering or fruiting tops

of Cannabis sativa Linn.); the resin of

cannabis; extracts of cannabic; tinctures of

cannabis; cannabin tannate

Cantharidin; cantharidates

Chloral formamide

Chloral hydrate

Chloroform .................................................. Substances containing less

than ten percent of

chloroform.

Pyrites ores or sulphuric

acid containing arsenical

poisons as natural impurities.

Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of the

Seventh Schedule)

Creosote obtained from wood.......................

Croton, oil of

Digitalis, glycosides of; other active

principles of digitalis

Dinitrocresols; dinitronaphthols; . .................. Dinitrophenols in

dinitrophenols; dinitrothymols substances not being

preparations for the

treatment of human

ailments.

Elaterin

Egot (the sclerothia of any species of

Claviceps); extracts of ergot; tinctures

of ergot

Erythrityl tetranitrate

Glyceryl trinitrate

Guanidines, the following:- polymethylene

diguanidines, diparaanisylphenetyl guanidine

Hydrocyanic acid; cyanides; double cyanides

of mercury and zinc

Insulin

Lead acetates; compounds of lead with acids Substances containing less

from mixed oils than four percent of lead ac-

etate. Machine-spread plas-

ters.

Substances containing less

than fifty per cent of creosote

obtained from wood.

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Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of the

Seventh Schedule

Lye

Mannityl hexanitrate

Mercury, oxides of;

nitrates of mercury;

Mercury, oxides of;......................................

mercuric ammonium chlorides;

potassiomercuric iodides; mercuric

oxycyanides; mercuric thiocyanate

Metanitrophenol; orthonitrophenol;

paranitrophenol

Nux Vomica

Opium

Orthocaine; its salts

Ouabain

Oxalic acid; metallic oxalates other than

potassium quadroxalate

Oxycinchonimic acid, derivatives of; their

salts; their esters

Para-amino-benzoic acid; esters of; their

salts

Phenetidylphenacetin

Phenols (any member of the series of............

phenols of which the first member is phenol

and of which the molecular composition

varies from member to member by one

Ointments containing less than

the equivalent of three percent,

weight in weight, of mercury

(Hg).

Carvacrol;

coal tar, crude or refined; creo-

sote obtained from coal tar;

essential oils in which phenols

occur naturally;

medicines

Poisons List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of the

Seventh Schedule)

atom of carbon and two atoms

of hydrogen) except in substances

containing less than sixty percent,

weight in weight, of phenols;

compounds of phenol with a metal,

except in substances containing less

than the equivalent of sixty percent,

weight in weight, of phenols

Phenylcinchoninic acid; salicylcinchononinic

acid; their salts; their esters

Phenylethylhydantoin; its salts; its acyl

derivates; their salts

Phosphorus, yellow

Picric acid.................................................... Substances containing less

than five per cent of picric

acid.

Picrotoxin

Pituitary gland, the active principles of Savin

oil of

Sulphanimide, Prontosil, Prontosil Alba

Strophanthus; glycosides of strophanthus

Sulphonal; alkyl sulphonals

Sulphapyradine, M & B 693, Dagenan and

its compound

containing less than one

percent, of phenols;

nasal sprays, mouthwashes,

pastilles, lozenges,

capsules,pessaries, ointments,

or suppositories containing

less than 2.5 percent, of

phenols;

smelling bottles;

soaps for washing

solid substances containing

less than sixty percent. of

phenols;

tertiary butyl-cresol;

thermol.

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Poison List Exempted in

(see also Note at end of the

Seventh Schedule)

Suprarenal gland the active principles of;

their salts

Thallium, salts of

Thyroid gland, the active principles of;

their salts

Tribromethyl alcohol

SECOND SCHEDULE

[Sections 4 and 11]

BELIZE.

The Board of Examiners of Chemists and Druggists in Belize hereby certifies

that

of is possessed of the qualification required

by section 4 subsection (1)

(here fill in (a), (b) or (c) as the case may be) of the Chemists and Druggists

Act, and is duly qualified to be registered as a Chemist and Druggist under the

said Act.

GIVEN at Belize City this day of , 20 .

Director of Health Services and

Member of the Board of Examiners.

Member of the Board of Examiners.

Member of the Board of Examiners.

CAP. 311.

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THIRD SCHEDULE

[Sections 8 and 11]

BELIZE.

The Board of Examiners of Chemists and Druggists in Belize hereby certifies

that

of has been duly examined and is duly

qualified to be registered as a Chemist and Druggist under the Chemists and

Druggists Act.

GIVEN at Belize City this day of 20 .

Director of Health Services and

Member of the Board of Examiners.

Member of the Board of Examiners.

Member of the Board of Examiners.

CAP. 311.

FOURTH SCHEDULE

[Sections 12 and 19 (1)]

REGISTER OF CHEMISTS AND DRUGGISTS

emaN ecnediseR noitacifilauQ foetaD

noitartsigeR

skrameR

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FIFTH SCHEDULE

[Section 25 (2)]

Date of sale

Name and address of Purchaser

Name and quantity of article sold

Purpose for which it is requried

Signature of purchaser

Signature of person introducing purchaser

Signature of seller

If purchaser cannot write, the seller to put here the words “cannot write,”

If person introducing purchaser cannot write, seller to put here the words “cannot write.”

SIXTH SCHEDULE

[Sections 31 (1) (d) (iii) and 34]

Asafetida.

Camphor.

Castor Oil.

Rhubarb.

Quinine.

Magnesium Carbonate.

Tincture of Lavender.

Bicarbonate of Soda.

Sodium Carbonate.

Potassium Tartras Acidus (Cream of Tartar).

Epsom Salts.

Glauber’s Salts.

Senna.

Sal Volatile (Spirits Ammonia Aromaticus).

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SEVENTH SCHEDULE

[Section 31 (2) and First Schedule]

Sale prohibited except when the poison specified is

contained in the undermentioned substances

Arsenical substances, the following:-

Arsenic sulphides ……………

Arsenious oxide …………….

Calcium arsenates ………….

Calcium arsenites ………….

Copper acetoarsenites ………

Copper arsenates ……………

Copper arsenites ……………

Lead arsenates ………………

Potassium arsenites …………

Sodium arsenates …………..

Sodium arsenites ……………

Sodium thioarsenates ………

Barium, salts of, the following:-

Barium carbonate …………..

Barium silicoflouride

Hydrocyanic acid and its

preparations including Cyanogas and

Cymac used in Sanitary and

Agricultural work

Lye …………………………..

mercuric chloride; …………..

mercuric iodide; ……………

organic compounds of

mercury ……………………

Nicotine; its salts ……………

Potassium quadroxalate

Sodium hydroxide

Ammonia ……………………

Pyrites ores or sulphuric acid containing arsenical poisons as

natural impurities.

Sheep dips and sheep washes.

Sheep dips and sheep washes.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides or fungicide.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides or fungicide.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides or fungicide.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides or fungicide.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides or fungicide.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides or fungicide.

Sheep dips and sheep washes.

Sheep dips and sheep washes.

Sheep dips and sheep washes.

Sheep dips and sheep washes.

Preparations for the destruction of rats and mice.

For industrial purposes only.

Batteries; dressings on seeds or bulbs, insecticides,

agricultural and horticultural fungicides.

Batteries; dressings on seeds or bulbs, insecticides,

agricultural and horticultural fungicides.

Batteries; dressings on seeds or bulbs, insecticides,

agricultural and horticultural fungicides.

Tobacco, Insecticide.

Substances containing less than twelve per cent of

sodium hydroxide.

Substances not being solutions of ammonia or preparations

containing solutions of ammonia; substances containing less

than five per cent weight in weight, of ammonia (NH 3 );

refrigerators; smelling bottles.

“Household ammonia” for cleaning.

Sale prohibited except when the poison specified is

contained in the undermentioned substances

Carbon bisulphide ………………

Formaldehyde ……………………

Hydrochloric acid

Hydrofluoric acid; ………………

potassium fluoride;

sodium fluoride;

sodium silicofluoride ……………

Nitric acid …………………………

Nitrobenzene ……………………...

Paris Green – Plant dust ………….

Phenols as defined in First Schedule in

substances containing less than sixty

percent weight in weight, of phenols;

compounds of phenol with a metal in

Substances containing less than the

equivalent of sixty percent weight in

weight, of phenols

Phenylene diamines; ………….

toluene diamines;

their salts

Sulphuric acid…………………

Substances containing less than five per cent weight in

weight, of formaldehyde (H.CH.O); photographic

glazing or hardening solutions.

Substances containing less than nine per cent weight in

weight, of hydrochloric acid HC1).

Substances containing less than three per cent of sodium

fluoride as a preservative.

Substances containing less than three per cent of sodium

silcofluoride as a preservative.

Substances containing less than nine per cent weight in

weight, of nitric (HNO 3 ).

Substances containing less than 0.1 per cent of

nitrobenzene; soaps containing less than one per cent of

nitrobenzene.

Agricultural and horticultural insecticides substances for

treatment of bee diseases.

Carvacrol;

coal tar, crude or refined;

creosote obtained from coal tar;

essential oils in which phenols occur naturally;

medicines containing less than one per cent of phenols;

nasal sprays, mouthwashes, pastilles, lozenges,

capsules,

pessaries, ointments, or suppositories containing less

than 2.5 per cent of phenols;

smelling bottles;

soaps for washing;

solid substances containing less than sixty per cent of

phenols;

tertiary butyl-cresol;

thymol;

“Carbolic” disinfectants, sanitary fluids, sheep.

Tobacco, Insecticide.

Substances other than preparations for the dyeing of

hair.

Substances containing less than nine per cent., weight in

weight, of sulphuric acid (H 2 SO

4 ); accumulators;

batteries; fire extinguishers.

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Note.- In addition to the articles described in the second column, the

following articles are exempted from the provisions of this Act.

GENERAL EXEMPTIONS

Adhesives; anti-fouling compositions; builders’ materials; ceramics; distem-

pers; electrical valves; enamels; explosives; fillers; fireworks; glazes; glue;

lacquer solvents; loading materials; marking inks; matches; motor fuels and

lubricants; paints other than pharmaceutical paints; photographic paper;

pigments; plastics; polishes; printers’ inks; propellants; rubber; varnishes.

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