26A. Inspection

The West Bengal State Pharmacy Council, with the decision of the Executive Committee and subsequent approval from the Appellate, Government of West Bengal, initially appoint Five Inspectors on contractual basis having the prescribed qualifications for the purposes of Chapters III, IV and V of The Pharmacy Act, 1948.

An Inspector may:

 Inspect any premises where drugs are compounded or dispensed and submit a written report to the Registrar.

 Enquire whether a person who is engaged in compounding or dispensing of drugs is a registered pharmacist.

 Investigate any complaint made in writing in respect of any contravention of The Pharmacy Act, 1948 and report to the Registrar.

 Institute prosecution under the order of the Executive Committee of the State Council.

 Exercise such other powers as may be necessary for carrying out the purposes of Chapters III, IV and V of The Pharmacy Act, 1948 or any rules made there under.

 Any person willfully obstructing an Inspector in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by or under this Act or any rules made there under shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine not exceeding one thousand rupees, or with both.

 Every Inspector shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of *section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).