To effectively regulate and control Medicines and Allied Substances made available to the Zambian population to ensure their conformity to set standards thereby safeguarding public health.
a) Grant pharmaceuticals license and marketing authorisation.
b) inspect any premises used for the purpose of manufacturing, distribution, sale, importation or exportation of medicines or allied substances
c) Regulate and control the manufacture, importation or exportation, distribution, sale of medicines and allied substances
d) Regulate and control the advertisement and promotion of medicines and allied substances
e) Register and regulate pharmacies, health shops and ago-veterinary shops.
f) In consultation with relevant professional bodies, establish, maintain and develop standards for the operations of pharmacies, health shops, and agro-veterinary shops.
g) Serve and protect the public interest in all matters relating to the sale of medicines and allied substances.
h) Regulate and monitor the conduct of clinical trials
i) Establish, maintain and enforce standards relating to the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution and sale of medicines and allied substances
j) Conduct post-market surveillance
k) Establish, maintain and enforce standards for drug quality control laboratories
l) Advise the minister on policies relating to the regulation and control of medicines and allied substances
m) Collaborate with corresponding medicines regulatory authorities in other countries
n) In consultation with the relevant research institutions, determine national priorities in pharmaceuticals research
o) and do all such things as are connected with or incidental to the functions of the Authority