Department of Health (Hong Kong)
|Headquarters||21/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East Wan Chai Hong Kong Island|
|Annual budget||HK$$5.3012 billion (2012–13) |
|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 and established in 1939. The public hospitals are managed by the Department's Hospital Authority in 1991 to 1994. 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 Hon Yee Chan.
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 |
|Child Assessment Service |
|Clinical Genetic Service|
|Elderly Health Service |
|Family Health Service|
|Forensic Pathology Service|
|Medical Device Control Office |
|Office for Registration of Healthcare Institutions|
|Pharmaceutical Service |
|Professional Development and Quality Assurance |
|Radiation Health Unit|
|Registration of Health Professionals|
|Student Health Service |
|Tobacco Control Office |
Hong Kong Drug Registration
The Department of Health's Drug Office 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 to be sold in Hong Kong. The number consists of a prefix HK followed by 5 numbers (e.g. HK-05628).