The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) protects the health and safety of the public by regulating pharmacists and pharmacies in Ireland.
As the pharmacy regulator we set the standard for pharmacists’ education and training in Ireland and create the standards and supports to promote good professional practice in pharmacy. We register pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants and pharmacies, carry out inspections of pharmacies, and take action when there is a concern about a pharmacist or a pharmacy, including when we receive a complaint from a member of the public.
The PSI is an independent body and an agency of the Department of Health. It is governed by a 21 member Council, with each of the members appointed by the Minister for Health.
Commitment to the Public
Our main role is to ensure public safety. We are committed to carrying out our work independently, ethically and transparently.
The Pharmacy Act 2007 established the role and responsibilities of the PSI, which include:
- Registration of pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants and pharmacies;
- Setting standards for pharmacy education and training at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including ensuring all pharmacists are undertaking appropriate continuing professional development (CPD);
- Development of pharmacy practice for the benefit of patients and the wider health system;
- Regulation through inspection and enforcement, and considering complaints made against a pharmacist or a pharmacy, including the imposition of sanctions;
- Providing advice and guidance to the public, pharmacy profession and to the Government on pharmacy care, treatment and service in Ireland.
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