Prof. Banie Boneschans is head of the Centre for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services (CPBS) and is responsible for the overall management of service-delivery units that are operated as independent business units within the CPBS. He obtained the degrees BSc (Pharm), MSc (Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and DSc (Pharmaceutics) at the former PU for CHE. Following a brief stint as forensic analyst at the South African Police Service's forensics department he accepted an appointment as research scientist at the School of Pharmacy in 1979 and was subsequently promoted to senior lecturer in 1983 and to professor in 1987. His research focused on finding solutions to pharmaceutical and bioavailability problems. In conjunction with co-workers at the University of Zagreb in Croatia he participated in several national and international conferences and authored or co-authored a number of scholarly reports and publications.
His passion for the quality assurance of medicine and his forensic experience have led to the establishment of an independent pharmaceutical analytical laboratory service that, until 1997, provided quality survailance of medicines on behalf of the former South African Medicines Control Council. This facility obtained collaboration status with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has been known since 1995 as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Quality Assurance of Medicine (CENQAM). CENQAM delivers pharmaceutical, analytical, training and consultation services that focus on the quality assurance of medicine to member states of the WHO and to non-governmental organisations. This facility was incorporated into the Research Institute for Industrial Pharmacy in 2005 and is one of the biggest business units within the CPBS.
This expanded ISO-accredited facility delivers services to national and international clients in the pharmaceutical industry and to medicine regulatory authorities and non-governmental organisations.
The Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory (CPL) is a further service delivery unit that delivers blood level monitoring services of especially anti-epileptics to hospitals, pathologists and private patients.
Prof. Boneschans was also responsible for establishing the Cosmetics Efficacy Laboratory (CEL) that delivers services to cosmetics manufacturers by clinically evaluating the claims for skin care products in order to ensure that effective skin care products are available to South Africans.
Several projects are managed within the CPBS from time to time. The PEPFAR project (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) is one of the most extensive projects yet managed within CPBS. This project is funded by the American government and is part of the American president's emergency plan to combat HIV/Aids globally.
America's PEPFAR programme makes provision for the establishment of a safe, reliable and sustainable supply chain management system that acquires and distributes pharmaceutical products and other commodities.
CPBS was contracted by the American government as preferred service provider to its PEPFAR programme to undertake the quality assurance of the pharmaceutical products obtained through the supply chain management system.