Pharmaceutical Assistants

Pharmaceutical assistants must be registered with the PSI in order to practise in Ireland.

A pharmaceutical assistant may work in conjunction with a pharmacist in the sale and supply of medicines, or carry out the activities of a pharmacist during their temporary absence from the pharmacy.

Under the provisions of the Pharmacy Act 2007 (as amended) a “pharmaceutical assistant” means “a person who before the coming into operation of section 4(1) of this Act was competent, under section 19 of the Pharmacy Act, (Ireland) Amendment Act 1890 to transact the business of a pharmacist in his or her temporary absence”. 

The current position regarding scope of practice of a pharmaceutical assistant and what constitutes temporary absence is based on the Code of Practice governing the temporary absence clause of the Pharmacy Act (Amendment) Act 1890, as agreed between the Council of the old PSI and the Pharmaceutical Assistants Association following discussions that took place in 1994. In March 2016, the PSI consulted on the draft rules about temporary absence of a pharmacist, as provided for under Section 30 of the Act.

Continued Registration

Pharmaceutical assistants wishing to remain on the register to practice in Ireland must apply on an annual basis for continued registration and pay an annual fee.The Register of Pharmaceutical Assistants is a closed register.

Changes to Registration Details

Pharmaceutical assistants can make changes to personal details held by the PSI (for example; professional, correspondence and email addresses) using the online Registrant login section. It is important that registrants keep their contact details and other information updated for the public registers.

Cancelling your Registration

If you no longer wish to be registered with the PSI or if you are considering retiring from the Register of Pharmaceutical Assistants, you can voluntarily cancel your registration with the PSI on request.

Restoring your Registration

Please contact the Registration Unit directly regarding the Pharmaceutical Assistant restoration process. You can contact the Registration Unit by email or phone (+353) (0)1 2184000

Certificates of Registration

Certificates of Registration are issued once applications for registration or continued registration, including fees, have been processed.

Contact

The Registration and Qualification Recognition Unit can be contacted by email or by phoning +353 (0)1 2184000.

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