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Dr Hezekiah K. Chepkwony
Dr Hezekiah K. Chepkwony is the Director of the National Quality Control Laboratory (NQCL), Kenya. He is a registered Pharmacist and holds both Doctoral and Master’s Degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences majoring in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy from the Kharkov State Institute of Pharmacy, Ukraine. Dr Chepkwony has made numerous contributions in the development and validation of analytical methods for the quality control of macrolide antibiotics and published numerous scientific papers in international peer reviewed journals.
Dr Chepkwony has served in the civil service since 1991 and risen through ranks in the Ministry of Health to the position of Senior Deputy Chief Pharmacist. He has served in many stations within Government, including but not limited to the NQCL. He has participated in many local and international seminars and workshops on pharmacy related topics and represented the Government of Kenya in The State Parties Meetings on Biosafety discussions at various forums.
Under his stewardship as the Director, the NQCL has registered significant milestones, notably; WHO Pre-qualification and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation that has considerably catapulted the image of the Laboratory. Arising from this, the Laboratory has steadily continued and continues to be recognized world-wide by other quality control laboratories and is a founder member of the Network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (NoMCOL-Africa). His stewardship has also motivated and mentored a number of staff who have pursued postgraduate studies in the area of Pharmaceutical Analysis. In this regard, he has supervised at least six Master Students at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi, where he is an honorable lecturer.