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The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2017 No. 188

Pharmacy

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

Made

14th September 2017

Coming into operation

9th October 2017

The Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, with the approval of the Department of Health(1) in accordance with Article 25A(2) of the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976(2), makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Article 5(1) of the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976(3).

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 and shall come into operation on 9th October 2017.

2.  In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994(4).

Amendment of the principal Regulations

3.  In Regulation 9 of the principal Regulations (Qualifications for registration)—

(1) for paragraph (3)(a) substitute—

(a)(i)has been registered as a pharmaceutical chemist for a period of two years or more; or

(ii)has evidence from the competent authorities of a relevant European State of being lawfully established as a pharmacist for a period of two years or more;

(aa)is currently registered as a pharmaceutical chemist;.

(2) in paragraph (3), for “in that register” substitute—

“in the register of pharmaceutical chemists to note that he is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a supplementary prescriber”.

(3) after paragraph (3), insert –

(4) Where a person –

(a)(i)has been registered as a pharmaceutical chemist for a period of two years or more; or

(ii)has evidence from the competent authorities of a relevant European State of being lawfully established as a pharmacist for a period of two years or more;

(b)is currently registered as a pharmaceutical chemist;

(c)gives to the registrar a certificate stating that he has satisfactorily completed a training programme accredited by the Society for the annotation “IP” (Independent Prescriber) to be recorded against his name; and

(d)pays a fee of £25 to the Society,

he shall be entitled to have that annotation recorded against his name by the registrar in the register of pharmaceutical chemists to note that he is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist independent prescriber..

Sealed with the Common Seal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland on 14th September 2017 in the presence of

Legal seal

Jim Livingstone

President

Trevor Patterson

Chief Executive

The Department of Health approves the Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health on 14th September 2017

Legal seal

Mark Timoney

A senior officer of the Department of Health

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994 (S.R. 1994 No. 202) (the principal Regulations) to enable the registrar to annotate the register of pharmaceutical chemists to indicate pharmacists who have particular qualifications, specialist areas of practice and status.

Regulation 9(3) of the principal Regulations is amended to confirm that a person with the annotation “SP” (Pharmacist Supplementary Prescriber) recorded against his name in the register of pharmaceutical chemists is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a Pharmacist Supplementary Prescriber.

These Regulations also insert paragraph (4) into Regulation 9 of the principal Regulations, to set out the requirements to enable a person’s entry in the register to be annotated “IP” (Pharmacist Independent Prescriber). This annotation will confirm that he is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

The amendments to Regulation 9 of the principal Regulations also allow for professional experience from a relevant European State to be considered as part of the two year registration requirement for annotation as either a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber or a Pharmacist Supplementary Prescriber.

(1)

Formerly the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety: see 2016 c.5 (N.I.), section 1(5) and the Department of Health and Social Services: see S.I. 1999/283 (N.I.1), article 3(6).

(2)

Article 25A is inserted by Article 9 of S.R. 2012 No. 308.

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