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MOH Takes Punitive Measures Against Non-Compliant Health Institutions
05 February 2012
   Ministry of Health (MOH) has warned non-compliant private health institutions and pharmaceutical facilities will be defamed and penalized by the committees monitoring violations of the Private Health Institutions Code.
 
Following an extensive study by the MOH Legal Department, His Excellency Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah agreed the MOH publish the decision, once final, to penalize violating private health institutions, pursuant to Paragraph (3) of Article (25) of the Private Health Institutions Code that stipulates the final penalty decision is published, at the expense of the violator, in three domestic newspapers, with one at least being published in their residence. If no newspaper is found in the region the decision should be published in the closest region.
 
Subject to Article 37 of Pharmaceutical Facilities and Products Law issued by Royal Decree No 31 dated 1/6/1430 H (25/5/2009), once final, the decision taken to penalize the non-compliant pharmaceutical facilities shall be published at the expense of the violator in three domestic newspapers, with one at least being located in the residence of the pharmaceutical facility.
 
Since named as minister of health, Dr. Al-Rabeeah has approved the legal standards to be used as a guideline by the competent committees on considering violations of the provisions of these codes and their regulations. It was noted that there are great differences in the decisions made by committees considering violations of these code provisions, attributing these violations to relevant provisions and estimating the suitable penalty.
 
Furthermore, these differences caused conflicts between penalty decisions made by committees regarding similar violations stipulated in Health Practice Code issued by Royal Decree No 59 dated 4/11/1426 H (6/12/2005), Health Institutions Code issued by Royal Decree No 40 dated 3/11/1423 H (6/1/2003), and Pharmaceutical Facilities and Products Law issued by Royal Decree No 31 dated 1/6/1430 H (25/5/2009) and their respective regulations.
 



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