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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.

Department of Health
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Agency overview
Headquarters21/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East Wan Chai Hong Kong Island
Employees4,669 [1]
Annual budgetHK$$5.3012 billion (2012–13) [2]
Agency executive
  • Dr Constance Chan, JP, Director of Health
Parent agencyFood and Health 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 [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]

Drug registration in Hong KongEdit

Under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Chapter 138), the Department of Health's Drug Office is responsible for drug registration in Hong Kong. All drugs sold in Hong Kong are required to be registered with a number, which consists of the prefix 'HK' followed by five digits (e.g. HK-05628).[1]

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