Title 21
Food and Drugs

Chapter 31
Rhode Island Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics Act

R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-31-21

§ 21-31-21. Inspection of establishments.

(a) The director of health or the director’s duly authorized agent shall have free access at all reasonable hours to any factory, warehouse, or other establishment, except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), in which foods, drugs, devices, or cosmetics are manufactured, processed, packed, or held for introduction into commerce, or to enter any vehicle being used to transport or hold the foods, drugs, devices, or cosmetics in commerce, for the purpose:

(1) Of inspecting the factory, warehouse, establishment, or vehicle to determine if any of the provisions of this chapter are being violated; and

(2) To secure samples or specimens of any food, drug, device, or cosmetic after paying or offering to pay for the sample. It shall be the duty of the director of health to make or cause to be made examinations of samples secured under the provisions of this section to determine whether or not any provision of this chapter is being violated.

(b) The director of health, the members of the state board of pharmacy, and the pharmacy inspectors and the narcotics inspectors in the department of health shall make the inspections and secure the samples of specimens and enforce the provisions of this chapter as the chapter applies to pharmacies.

History of Section.
P.L. 1959, ch. 56, § 1; P.L. 1969, ch. 118, § 7.