Department of Health (Hong Kong)

Department of Health (Hong Kong)
Department of Health
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Agency overview
Headquarters 21/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East
Employees 4,669 [1]
Annual budget 3,077.6m HKD (2007-08) [2]
Agency executive Dr PY Lam, JP, Director of Health
Parent agency Food and Health Bureau

Hong Kong's Department of Health (Chinese: 衞生署) is responsible for healthcare policies and the provision of basic healthcare services. The public hospitals are managed by the Department's Hospital Authority. The Department reports to the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.

The top official in this department is the Director of Health, and is now held by Dr Ping-Yan LAM.



The Department of Health provides its board range and diverse services to Hongkongers through different divisions, offices, and centres. The following is a list of them:

Centre for Health Protection [3]
Child Assessment Service [4]
Chinese Medicine
Clinical Genetic Service
Dental Service
Elderly Health Service [5]
Family Health Service
Forensic Pathology Service
Medical Device Control Office [6]
Methadone Clinics
Office for Registration of Healthcare Institutions
Pharmaceutical Service [7]
Port Health
Professional Development and Quality Assurance [8]
Radiation Health Unit
Registration of Health Professionals
Student Health Service [9]
Tobacco Control Office [10]

Hong Kong Drug Registration

The Department of Health's Pharmaceutical Service is responsible for drug registration in Hong Kong under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Chapter 138). All drugs sold in Hong Kong are required to be registered with a number in order to be sold in Hong Kong.[1] The number consists of a prefix HK followed by 5 numbers (e.g. HK-05628).

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