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[F1VISITING PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMIST FROM A RELEVANT EUROPEAN STATEN.I.

Application and interpretationN.I.

1.  This Schedule applies to an exempt person who is lawfully established as a pharmacist in a relevant European State other than the United Kingdom.

2.  In this Schedule—N.I.

(a)a “visiting practitioner” means an exempt person to whom this Schedule applies;

(b)the “home State”, in relation to a visiting practitioner, means the relevant European State in which the practitioner is lawfully established as a pharmacist; and

(c)a reference to the provision of occasional pharmacy services is a reference to the provision of services as a pharmaceutical chemist in Northern Ireland on a temporary and occasional basis.

Registration in respect of provision of occasional pharmacy servicesN.I.

3.  (1)  A visiting practitioner is entitled to be registered in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d) if the practitioner is entitled under paragraph 4 or 7 to provide occasional pharmacy services; and the registrar shall give effect to the entitlement.

(2) A visiting practitioner who is entitled under sub-paragraph (1) to be registered in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d) as a visiting pharmaceutical chemist from a relevant European State, but who is not registered in that register, shall be treated as so registered in that register.

(3) Sub-paragraph (4) applies where a person's entitlement under sub-paragraph (1) to be registered in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d) ceases because, by reason of the operation of paragraphs 8(1),(2) or (5), the person ceases to be entitled under this Schedule to provide occasional pharmacy services.

(4) If the person's name is registered in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d), the registrar may remove the person's name from that register.

(5) Sub-paragraphs (1) to (4) are not to be taken to prejudice the application, in relation to persons registered in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d) on the basis of entitlement under sub-paragraph (1), of any other provision of this Order under which a registered person's name may be removed from the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d).

Entitlement to provide occasional pharmacy services: first yearN.I.

4.  A visiting practitioner is entitled to provide occasional pharmacy services if—

(a)the practitioner has complied with requirements of paragraph 5; and

(b)where the practitioner's case falls within regulation 3(9)(a) or (e) of the General Systems Regulations, the provision by the practitioner of occasional pharmacy services is in accordance with regulations 14 to 16 of those regulations (the practitioner having, in particular, successfully completed any adaptation period, or passed any aptitude test, that the practitioner may be required to undertake pursuant to Part 2 of those regulations).

but paragraph 8 contains provision about the duration of entitlement under this paragraph.

First provision of services: required documentsN.I.

5.  (1)  A visiting practitioner who proposes to provide occasional pharmacy services for the first time must, before providing any such services, send or produce to the registrar the required documents.

(2) The required documents are—

(a)a written declaration that—

(i)states the practitioner's wish to provide occasional pharmacy services, and

(ii)contains details of the insurance cover, or other means of personal or collective protection, that the practitioner has with regard to professional liability;

(b)if the practitioner is a national of a relevant European State, proof of nationality;

(c)if the practitioner is not a national of a relevant European State, proof of the Community right by virtue of which the practitioner is an exempt person;

(d)evidence of qualifications in pharmacy (see paragraph 6); and

(e)a certificate issued by a competent authority in the practitioner's home State confirming—

(i)that the practitioner is lawfully established as a pharmacist in that State, and

(ii)that the practitioner is not prohibited (whether on a permanent or temporary basis) from practising as a pharmacist there.

(3) A declaration under sub-paragraph (2)(a) may be supplied by any means.

6.  (1)  Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the evidence referred to in paragraph 5(2)(d) is evidence of the European-recognised qualifications which entitle the visiting practitioner to provide, in the practitioner's home State, the pharmacy services that the practitioner proposes to provide in Northern Ireland on a temporary and occasional basis.N.I.

(2) This sub-paragraph applies to a visiting practitioner whose case falls within regulation 3(9)(a) or (e) of the General Systems Regulations (with the result that the practitioner is not entitled to provide occasional pharmacy services unless their provision by the practitioner is in accordance with regulations 14 to 16 of those regulations).

(3) If sub-paragraph (2) applies to a visiting practitioner, the evidence referred to in paragraph 5(2)(d) of the practitioner's qualifications in pharmacy is evidence of the qualifications which entitle the practitioner to practise as a pharmacist in his home State.

(4) In this paragraph, “European-recognised qualifications” means qualifications which relevant European States are required by the Directive to recognise.

Entitlement to provide occasional pharmacy services after first year: renewalsN.I.

7.  (1)  Sub-paragraph (2) applies where the registrar receives the required renewal documents from a visiting practitioner who is entitled under this Schedule to provide occasional pharmacy services.

(2) The visiting practitioner is entitled to continue to provide occasional pharmacy services, but paragraph 8 contains provision about the duration of entitlement continued under this sub-paragraph.

(3) Sub-paragraph (4) applies where the registrar receives the required renewal documents from a visiting practitioner—

(a)who is not entitled under this Schedule to provide occasional pharmacy services; and

(b)who has been previously entitled under this Schedule to provide occasional pharmacy services.

The visiting practitioner is once again entitled to provide occasional pharmacy services but, in a case where the practitioner's name is not in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d) as a result of removal otherwise than under paragraph 3(4), only if the registrar decides, after having regard (in particular) to the fact of that removal and the reasons for it, that the entitlement should be renewed.

Paragraph 8 contains provision about the duration of entitlement under this sub-paragraph.

(5) In relation to a visiting practitioner “the required renewal documents” are—

(a)a renewal declaration; and

(b)each evidence of change document (if any).

(6) In this paragraph “renewal declaration”, in relation to a visiting practitioner, means a written declaration that—

(a)states the practitioner's wish to provide occasional pharmacy services in a further year; and

(b)contains details of the insurance cover, or other means of personal or collective protection, that the practitioner has with regard to professional liability.

(7) Where a document—

(a)is, in relation to a visiting practitioner, one of the required documents for the purposes of paragraph 5;

(b)is not a declaration under paragraph 5(2)(a); and

(c)substantiates a matter as respects which there has been a material change since the practitioner last (whether under paragraph 5 or this paragraph) supplied the then-current version of the document to the registrar;

the version of the document current when under this paragraph the practitioner supplies a renewal declaration to the registrar is an “evidence of change document” for the purposes of sub-paragraph (5)(b).

(8) A renewal declaration supplied under this paragraph may be supplied by any means.

Duration of entitlement to provide occasional pharmacy servicesN.I.

8.  (1)  Unless an entitlement under paragraph 4 or 7(4) is continued (or further continued) by paragraph 7(2), the entitlement ceases at the end of the year that begins with and includes the day on which the registrar received the documents whose receipt gave rise to the entitlement.

(2) Where an entitlement under paragraph 4 or 7(4) is continued (or further continued) by paragraph 7(2), the entitlement is extended so as to cease at the end of the year that begins with and includes the relevant day.

(3) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)if the day on which the registrar receives the documents whose receipt gives rise to the continuation (or further continuation) is an anniversary of the start day, “the relevant day” means the day on which the registrar receives those documents;

(b)otherwise, “the relevant day” means the anniversary of the start day that is the first such anniversary to occur after the registrar receives the documents whose receipt gives rise to the continuation (or further continuation).

(4) In sub-paragraph (3) “the start day”, in relation to an entitlement under paragraph 4 or 7(4), means the day on which the registrar receives the documents whose receipt gives rise to the entitlement.

(5) An entitlement under this Schedule to provide occasional pharmacy services ceases if—

(a)the visiting practitioner concerned becomes established as a pharmacist in Great Britain or a pharmaceutical chemist in Northern Ireland; or

(b)a disqualifying decision is made against the visiting practitioner concerned.

(6) In sub-paragraph (5) “disqualifying decision”, in relation to a visiting practitioner, means a decision made by a competent or judicial authority in the practitioner's home State that has the effect that the practitioner—

(a)ceases in that State to be registered or otherwise officially recognised as a pharmacist; or

(b)is prohibited (whether on a permanent or temporary basis) from practising as a pharmacist in that State.

(7) If in the case of a visiting practitioner—

(a)the practitioner's name is removed from the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d); and

(b)immediately before the time when the removal takes effect, the practitioner is entitled under this Schedule to provide occasional pharmacy services;

that entitlement ceases at that time.

ConditionsN.I.

9.  (1)  Sub-paragraph (2) applies if—

(a)the establishment of a visiting practitioner in the practitioner's home State is subject to a condition relating to the practitioner's practice as a pharmacist;

(b)the practitioner's name is registered in the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d); and

(c)for any of the purposes of this Order it falls to be decided whether the practitioner's misconduct renders him unfit to be on the register mentioned in Article 6(1)(d).

(2) The matters that may be considered as misconduct include (in particular) any act or omission by the visiting practitioner during the course of the provision by the practitioner of occasional pharmacy services that is, or would be if the condition applied in relation to practice as a pharmacist outside the practitioner's home State, a breach of the condition.

(3) In sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) “condition” includes limitation.]

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