The Pharmacy Council is composed of: the Governing Board, who establish various committees to perform specific tasks; various departments; and regional offices

The Governing Board

The Board consists of nine (9) members.

The Board members shall hold office for a period not exceeding three (3) years, and each member is eligible for re-appointment. However a member shall not be appointed for more than two (2) terms. This does not apply to the Registrar of the Council.

Doris Fosu-Hemaa Addae-Afoakwa is a pharmacist with over 35 years of experience. She graduated from KNUST in 1979 and was entered into the register of pharmacists in Ghana in 1980 by the Pharmacy Board now Pharmacy Council.

She worked at Ridge Hospital in Accra for a while and left Ghana for Francophone La Cote D’ivoire and Camerouns, where she worked mainly in the private sector. She returned to Ghana in 1992 and worked at Lifepharma Ltd now Neopharma Ltd, a wholesale pharmaceutical company. In the latter part of 1993, she established Dayden Pharmacy, a retail pharmaceutical company located near La General Hospital, Accra.

She is an active member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) and has served on many committees of the Society.

Some of the positions held included Treasurer, Greater Accra Branch of PSGH, National Treasurer of PSGH, Vice Chairman of Ghana Cooperative Pharmaceuticals Ltd, member of the Building Committee of PSGH that spearheaded the movement of offices of PSGH from the Social Advance Centre near Teachers Hall to its present location at Baatsona.

She is a founding members of LAPAG, an interest group of PSGH and served as Public Relations Officer for the group.

She is married with three children and speaks English and French.

Pharm. Audu Rauf graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria with a BPharm degree in 1991. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences (MSc. Clinical Sciences) obtained at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Pharmacy also at the same university.

He has been registered as a pharmacist since 1994 and has worked in many different environments within healthcare. These include Medical representative, Hospital Pharmacy, Research and Community Pharmacy.  These were in both government and private sector.

He worked at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) as a Pharmacist from 1994 to 1997. As a Medical Representative, he worked for Eli Lilly and Company and Aimirall Prodesfarma between 1997 to 2001 and 2001 to 2005 respectively. He joined KAMA Health Services Limited in 2005 and has been working at the KNUST branch of the company as a Superintendent Pharmacists/Manager until his current appointment. He has six (6) publications to his credit.

Prof. Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Commonwealth Scholar who holds a PhD in Pharmacognosy and Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from Kings College London, University of London. She has two Fellowships from the School of Pharmacy, University College of London, United Kingdom, as a Commonwealth Academic Fellow and a Fellow of Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research, Boston / Massachusetts, USA.

Prof Dickson has worked as an academic and researcher at KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana and Madonna University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria on part time basis, besides having a flit in hospital practice after her training as a Pharmacist.

She has held several administrative positions at KNUST. These include Ag. Provost of the College of Health Sciences, KNUST; Dean, Vice-Dean, Ag. Dean and Head of department in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is currently the chairperson for the KNUST Basic Schools Management Board and the Academic Board representative on the KNUST Senior Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee and served on the Management Board of the Ghana Universities Staff Superannuation Scheme (GUSSS), KNUST. She has rendered services to KNUST as a member of various statutory and non-statutory Committees, playing a significant role in formulating an Intellectual Property (IP) policy for the University. She has also contributed to the mounting of new programmes in the university by working on committees to review proposals for these new programmes including Diploma programme in Emergency Nursing, BSc. Degrees in Midwifery and Physician Assistant studies and assisted with finalisation of the Handbook for PhD students and Supervisors in the College of Health Sciences, KNUST. She also served as a member of the committee to develop a strategic plan for the College of Health Sciences, KNUST. She served on a committee to appoint provosts of colleges for KNUST as well as the joint University Council/Academic Board committee on honorary degrees and other awards. She is a member of the Welfare Services Board of KNUST.

Prof. Dickson is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana and has offered significant contribution towards pharmaceutical education in Ghana by chairing and serving on committees including Doctor of Pharmacy implementation committee, Doctor of Pharmacy Top-Up implementation committee, committee reviewing the curriculum for the Pharmacy programme, committee to develop curriculum for the Top-Up Programme for Dispensing Technologists in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, KNUST. She served as a member of the scientific committee of the 10th Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) conference and also the scientific committee of the 75th Annual General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana held in Kumasi.

She also served on the committee to develop a plan and budget for the training of the Seven-star Pharmacists; Curriculum Review Committee to review curriculum by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) for the harmonisation of Pharmacy Education in the West African Sub-Region and Committee to update documents on the PharmD Programme for accreditation by the National Accreditation Board.

She is a member of LAPAG (the Lady Pharmacists Association of Ghana) and is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists; a member of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and a member of the International Pharmacists Federation.

She has over fifty (50) publications in peer reviewed International Journals to her credit and is currently the editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Ethnomedicine and Pharmacognosy (IJEP). She serves as a reviewer for the South Africa National Research Foundation and a number of journals.

Prof. Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson is the President of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a subsidiary of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and has special interest in the education and training of the youth and is keen to extend a helping hand to the marginalized and vulnerable people in society. She enjoys motivating, mentoring and shares the passion of encouraging girls to take up careers in science.

She is happily married to Nana Dickson and they are blessed with four (4) children.

Mrs. Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt holds a B. Pharm degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology since 1987 and is the director of Pharmaceutical Services and the Chief Pharmacist of Ghana. She also hold a Master of Arts in Health Policy from Leeds University, UK and Masters in Leadership and Governance from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

She serves on several national and international Boards including the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) International, UK, and the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Medicines Policies and Management, WHO, Geneva. She has served on the West African Health Organization consultations on Trade Related International Property Rights. She is the current chair for Ghana‘s Antimicrobial Resistance working group that responded to the Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance with a country working mechanism. She is also the chair for Ghana chapter of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Mrs. Gyansa-Lutterodt has several publications on various topics including Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), Access to Medicines Policy Options for Ghana and Antibiotic resistance in Ghana.

She is a fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists and a founding fellow of Ghana College of Pharmacists.

She has been recognized and awarded for her contribution to Pharmacy development and practice in Ghana by the ‘2012 Ghana Women of Excellence Awards’.

Pharm. Benjamin Kwame Botwe, the current President of the PSGH is a world renowned expert on medicines regulation, quality assurance and pharmaceutical Sector Management in addition to an extensive experience in strategic management and public administration.

Mr. Botwe has spent the past 27 years of his career at very high levels as a public servant and is credited as the first Deputy Chief Executive (Drugs Division) of the Ghana Food and Drugs Board (now Food and Drugs Authority). Additionally, he served the country’s leading watchdog for protecting the safety of foods, drugs, cosmetic and household chemicals as Chief Executive Officer in an acting capacity from October 2001 to May 2002 during which period several regulatory innovations were initiated resulting in the regulatory authority obtaining its first one (1) million dollars in its accounts as a public service institution.

As the first pharmacist and civilian to lead the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana in the capacity of an Executive Secretary, Mr. Botwe is on record to have brought stability, increased competence and sanity into the control of narcotics between 2007 and 2008. Since October 2015, Mr. Botwe has been the Acting Rector of the Ghana College of Pharmacists. Over the last seven years, he has been involved in the development of Medicines Control Services through policy and legislation enactment, drafting of regulatory guidelines and procedures, training and capacity building in many African countries including Botswana, Mozambique, Eritrea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Malawi. Mr Botwe is a Consultant to the Medicines and Vaccines Program of the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) where he has played a leading role in the development of the ECOWAS Regional Pharmaceutical Plan (ERPP), and the African Union (AU) NEPAD African Medicines Registration Harmonizaion (AMRH) Project.

He is also a member of the Task Team set up by the AU Commission for the eventual establishment of an African Medicines Agency (AMA) and wrote the Institutional and Legal Framework for its establishment. Beyond this, he has undertaken several international consultancies with other renowned agencies like the USAID, PEPFAR, EU, USP, MANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTH, TRANSEC, GIZ, PTB of Germany and WHO. He was part of the team of international consultants that were put together by the German Government to develop a roadmap for the establishment of a Bioequivalence Centre in Ghana.

Currently, he has been appointed a Short Term Consultant (STC) by the World Bank to help facilitate the harmonization of medicines regulation in the ECOWAS Region. Mr Botwe is a Faculty member and lecturer at the Centre for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) and also teaches on part time basis at the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists and   represents the PSGH as an observer on the USP Convention.

Mr. Botwe holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy honours degree from KNUST and is a co-recipient of the Dr. John Ocran Award, a recognition given to pharmacy trainees who excel at professional qualifying examination for pharmacy interns. He has a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK; Master of Public Administration from GIMPA, Accra; Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership from MSH, Boston, USA; and Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Analytical Laboratories from the University of North West (Potchestroom) in South Africa.

He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Management and Leadership at the Management University of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Botwe is a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists, Fellow of the West African Post-Graduate College of Pharmacists and a Member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). He has authored and co-authored over twelve publications in the field of medicines regulation and quality assurance.

Mr. Botwe is the current Chairman of the National Committee on Health and Environment of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana that oversees all the hospitals and health facilities of the Church and also the Lay Representative of the Kaneshie District of the Church to the Ga West Presbytery Session Council.

He is married to Baaba Botwe and they are blessed with three girls and a boy.

Mrs. Grace Mbrokoh-Ewoal is a Bachelor of Law graduate since 1996 from Ghana law School. She worked with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department from January 1997 to February, 2002 as a State Attorney. She served as Assistant Manager with SG-SSB Bank (now SG GHANA) from 2002 to 2009. She is currently a Principal State Attorney at the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department. Mrs Mbrokoh-Ewoal has attended several courses in various aspects of the Law and Information Communication Technology (ICT) both locally and abroad.

Dr. Nana Ayew Afriye holds an MBChB, MA in Economic Policy (UG), MPH – Health Economics (Leeds) and a postgraduate certificate in Cost Effective Management at the University of Oxford, UK. He is a public health economist and worked as the Head of Public Health at the Ridge Hospital (now the Accra Regional Hospital) until 7th January, 2017.  He is the Founder and CEO of St John’s Hospital and Fertility Center.

Dr. Ayew Afriye is currently the Member of Parliament for Effiduase-Asokore constituency in the Ashanti Region. He is the Vice Chairman of the parliamentary select committee on health. He is also a member of the finance committee of parliament. He is married with 3 children.

Dr Stanley Coffie is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He previously lectured at Birkbeck College, University of London where he obtained his PhD. His research interests are in Marketing Strategy in emerging/developing economies, Strategic Positioning, and Services Marketing. He has published in journals including: Journal of Strategic Marketing, Thunderbird International Business Review, and Journal of Product and Brand Management.

Mrs. Yvonne Adu-Boahen holds Master’s degree in Pharmacy and is a Principal Regulatory Officer with the Food and Drugs Authority, where she has been working since 2006. She is currently the Head of Clinical Trials Department for regulating Clinical trials in Ghana.
She is Dynamic, resourceful and a self-motivated pharmacist with extensive knowledge and expertise in drug development and distribution.
Mrs. Adu-Boahen is a temporary advisor on Bioequivalence for WHO prequalification of medicines programme.

She has been regular participant at the EU Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Working Group Workshop organized annually.

She is a senior assessor of Clinical Trials Applications and a lead GCP inspector. She is actively involved in organizing and training programmes designed to present current GCP to researchers involved in Clinical trials in Ghana.

In addition to her clinical trials portfolio, she is also adept at evaluating the quality, efficacy and safety of generic medicines.

Further, Mrs. Yvonne Adu-Boahen has extensive experience in pharmacy practice at varied levels of application.

Committees

The committees established by the Governing Board may include members of the Board itself, non-members or both. The committees currently in operation are:

  • Education Committee
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • Pharmacy Technicians Committee
  • Over-the-Counter Medicine Sellers Committee
  • Editorial Committee
  • Legal and Quality Assurance Committee
  • Pharmaceutical Facilities Technical Committee
  • Finance and Administration Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Entity Tender Committee
  • CPD Technical Committee
  • Examiners Board

Departments

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Regional Offices

Section 150 of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (ACT 857) requires the Council to establish offices in every region in the Country. The Council has offices in all the ten (10) Regions in Ghana and these offices are headed by Regional Managers.

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  • Ashanti Regional Office | Regional Health Administration, Adum, Kumasi | (03220) 31636, 41455
  • Brong Ahafo Regional Office | Regional Administration (Annex), Sunyani | (03520) 26551, 26490
  • Central Regional Office | SIC Building, Cape Coast | (03321) 33233
  • Eastern Regional Office| SIC Building, Koforidua | (03420) 24699
  • Greater Accra Regional Office | Near Adjabeng Court, Accra | (0302) 680150, 681929
  • Northern Regional Office | Old Hospital Block, Tamale | (03720) 23061
  • Upper East Regional Office | Veterinary Service Department, Bolgatanga | (0382029208)
  • Upper West Regional Office| Regional Administration Block, Wa | (03920) 22842
  • Volta Regional Office| School of Hygiene Building, Ho | (03620) 26324
  • Western Regional Office | Regional Administration Building, Sekondi | (03120) 46391