About NDA

NDA's brief history

1986 Adhoc Committee constituted to develop a National Drug Policy (NDP). Draft Paper prepared and accepted by the Ministry of Health.

1988 Health Review Commission formed to incorporate the NDP into the National Health Policy report.

1991 Initial discussions on setting up of the National Drug Authority and National Medical Stores (NMS).

1993 National Drug Policy/Authority and NMS Statutes were passed by the then parliament National Resistance Council and became Law after the President's assention to the statutes.

1994 National Drug Authority and National Medical Stores were inaugurated as implementing bodies of the Policy.


The National Drug Authority (NDA) was established in 1993 by the National Drug Policy and Authority Statute which in 2000 became the National Drug Policy and Authority (NDP/A) Act, Cap. 206 of the Laws of Uganda (2000 Edition). The Act established a National Drug Policy and National Drug Authority to ensure the availability, at all times, of essential, efficacious and cost-effective drugs to the entire population of Uganda as a means of providing satisfactory healthcare and safeguarding the appropriate use of drugs.
A world class drug regulatory agency effectively protecting and promoting public health.

Mission Statement

To ensure access to quality, safe and efficacious human and veterinary medicines and other healthcare products through the regulation and control of their production, importation, distribution and use.

Core values
In pursuing and fulfilling the vision and mission, NDA achieves personal, organisational and public good by:

Caring for the People of Uganda
We advance the public good with purpose and passion while honouring democratic values:

  • To preserve and improve human health and life by ensuring that the best interests of the population always prevail over those of the clients.
  • Ensuring that the clients' services satisfy population needs and benefit humanity.
  • We responsibly and wisely manage resources entrusted to us.

Taking Pride in What We Do
We are motivated and guided by our personal integrity:

  • Maintaining the high standards required by national and international regulations.
  • Committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Dedicated to the highest level of scientific excellence and commit our operations to improving human and animal health and the quality of life.

Building a Workplace Community
We respect each other and work together in a healthy environment:

  • We embrace diversity and nurture empowering relationships.
  • We recognise that the ability to excel, to most competitively meet society's and customers' needs depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of our employees. We value these qualities most highly.
  • Provide awareness on controversial and new therapeutic approaches in the wider context of the practice of medicine where ethical issues arise, for example unlicensed products and counterfeits.

By being accountable for our values and their integration in our work, we lay the foundation for excellence at NDA.