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Filed on February 4, 2020 | Last updated on February 4, 2020 at 03.07 pm
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Those firms violating the rules will be penalised.

Saudi Arabia will initiate Saudization of pharmacy sector in July in two phases, according to an order issued by Ahmed Al-Rajhi, Minister of Labor and Social Development. 

Stating that the Saudization drive will be conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Al-Rajhi said, "In the first phase, 20 per cent of the employees in the profession will be Saudized by July 22 (1 Dhul Hijjah 1441) while the second phase aims to Saudize 30 percent of the staff as of July 11, 2021 (1 Dhul Hijjah 1442)."

The Saudization drive will be applicable to entities where the number of expatriate workers in the pharmacy profession exceeds five or more. However, pharmacists working as "pharmaceutical product marketing specialist" in pharmaceutical companies, as well as drug agents, distributors, and employees in factories will be exempted. 

According to Saudi Gazette, for those exempted, Saudization decision has already been issued by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority in November 2018.

The health agreement aims to Saudize 40,000 jobs in the private health sector restricting them for Saudi nationals only. Those firms violating the Saudization of those jobs will be penalised.


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