The Botswana Medicines regulatory Authority (BoMRA) communicated in the press release issued on the 3rd September 2019, Ref MRA 1/8/5 Vol 35 that are no applicable regulatory requiments to clear, import or distribute cosmetics.

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Please note that, in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 2013, Section 23, the importation, distribution, sale, storage and advertising of unregistered medical products is illegal and prohibited. Any person found guilty of breaching Section 23 may be liable to a fine of up to P100,000.00 and/or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years.

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The Department of Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Trials at BoMRA has just launched the EIGHTH ADR Monitoring Center on the 18th March 2021 at Sekgoma II Memorial Hospital for the Serowe – Palapye RHMT in Botswana.

In consultation with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, BoMRA has identified 12 hospitals in the country in different geographical locations to establish Adverse Drug Reaction monitoring centers (AMCs)

The Authority also looks into developing these hospitals as regional centers for training and advocacy in Pharmacovigilance.

BoMRA AMCs will work with both public and private healthcare facilities and it is a pleasure to inform you that we have already launched AMCs in Maun, Orapa, Ramotswa, Kasane, Francistown (2 AMCs) and Gaborone. 

Remember to keep reporting Adverse Drug reactions as this is important in ensuring the safety, quality and efficacy of medical products.

We value all your feedback.



Veterinary Ivermectin is used for control of parasites in animals and has not been approved for use in humans for Covid 19 as there has not been any research presented to the National Regulatory Authorities to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product for the condition.

The use of any medical product for indications that have not been approved may also have unwanted effects in humans which may prove detrimental to the health of the people..

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Tender documents containing details of the requirements are available for collection from Monday 15th March 2021. All payments must be made in the form of bank transfer to the following banking details, quoting the Tender Ref No and Bidder Name:

Bank: First National Bank, Gaborone Industrial Branch
Branch Code: 281667
Business Cheque Account No: 62747456417

Youth companies shall purchase the tender document at 50% of the fee as per Presidential Directive CAB 14 (B) 2015.

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This is for purposes of identification and creating a database of medical devices and IVDs that are or will be allowed in or out of Botswana. This notice affects entities or individuals who manufacturer/distribute/sell/import/export and healthcare facilities that have inventories of medical devices.

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1. What is the mandate of Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BOMRA)?
A To regulate medicines, medical devices and cosmetics, to promote human and animal health.

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BoMRA wishes to inform all its stakeholders and the general public that the office will be closed from Thursday 24th December 2020 at 12h00 and re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Joyous New Year.

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The Department of Product Evaluation & Registration at BoMRA will conduct virtual stakeholder sessions to discuss the listing requirements for medical devices, including In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) devices. The sessions will be scheduled as follows:

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Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BoMRA) and Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), on the 15th of December 2020, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to mark the beginning of a partnership through which the two organisations will work together in areas of developing standards for medical and medicinal products, and undertaking conformity assessments.

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TOZINAMERAN (BNT162B2) COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine concentrate for dispersion for injection, AZD1222 COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOxI-S)[recombinant])..

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As per the latest recommendation from the WHO, the WHO pre-qualified antigen rapid test kits may be used for testing of COVID-19. These have been shown to be more specific and sensitive in the diagnosis of COVID-19. This position has been adopted by BoMRA. Therefore , BoMRA is currently accepting applications for WHO-Prequalified Rapid Antigen Test Kits.

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The Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BoMRA) wishes to inform all its valued stakeholders that the office will be closed for routine maintenance on the 12th February 2021.

Normal business shall resume on the 15th February 2021.

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The Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority ("Authority") has become aware of products circulating in the local market derived from cannabis and particularly hemp and hemp oil products. These products come in a variety of items including those for nutritional use, such as seeds and oils and cosmetic products such as shampoos and conditioners.

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The Authority (BoMRA) is calling on all entities trading and using cosmetics in their practices/ occupations to submit their contact details for ease of communication on regulatory updates.

This notice affects entities or individuals who manufacture, distribute, sell, import & export cosmetics including professionals and technical personnel such as dermatologists, beauticians, cosmetic scientists, etc.

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We are currently experiencing a technical problem with our telephone system, all our telephone lines are down.

We are working with our service provider to rectify the problem. Should you have an urgent matter, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook at Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority and we will endeavor to help.

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It is because of the above that we call upon all local pharmaceutical distributors and/or importers with distributorship agreements with Market Authorization Holders or Manufactures outside of Botswana to provide the BOMRA with evidence of such agreements. This should be in the form of a letter or copy of the agreement addressed directly to BoMRA from the authorizing MAH or pharmaceutical manufacturer

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BoMRA launched Patient ADR reporting app



Reference is made to the letter dated 10 February 2020 on the above subject matter.

The Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BoMRA) commenced registration of B-listed products (products denoted with “B” in the Human Medicines Register / Blue book) therefore manufacturers are required to submit applications. To allow for a phased transition, variation applications for B-listed applications will only be allowed for changes that affect the following information in the Register / Blue Book:

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The Department of Product Registration and Registration at BoMRA has just completed week long stakeholder engagements with medical devices stakeholder in Gantsi, Maun , Francistown and Palapye.

Discussions were centered around medical devices regulation and BoMRA's intention towards listing of medical devices.All feedback has been sought and the team has committed to continuous stakeholder engagement throughout the consultation process. 

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