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A inspection imageJune 11 2018

Pharmacy owners in Northern Ireland will need to ensure their businesses comply with new standards, following a vote by the Pharmaceutical Society NI’s Council.

At a meeting on June 5, the Council voted to implement the new Premises Standards, which are required following legislative changes in 2016. 

Under the new legislation, the Society has the power to remove pharmacy premises from the register or disqualify a pharmacy owner due to breaches of standards set by the PSNI. 

Following the Council’s vote, the President of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, Dr Jim Livingstone said: “Today’s approval marks a significant stage in the process of implementing new Premises Standards for all registered pharmacies in Northern Ireland. These Standards will have a statutory basis giving us a clear responsibility to ensure that pharmacies in Northern Ireland operate in a manner that protects the public and puts the patient first.

“Having undertaken a full public consultation on our proposals, we are confident that the Premises Standards will provide a clear regulatory framework for the pharmacy owner and superintendent to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public. They will also help to improve the patient and public experience and let people know what to expect from their pharmacies”., 

The Society will now be working with the Department of Health (NI) to develop “meaningful criteria”, directly linked to the Standards, for use by the Department of Health’s Inspectorate in measuring and assessing pharmacy premises, said Dr Livingstone. 

“We also propose to launch a pilot scheme with the Department to test the criteria and inspection regime to be sure it is fit for purpose before full implementation across all pharmacies. We will ensure the involvement of the pharmacy profession, pharmacy owners and superintendents as this work progresses.”

Links:
Pharmaceutical Society NI announcement          
Pharmaceutical Society NI: ‘Standards for Registered Pharmacy Premises 2018’ June 2018         
Today’s Pharmacist coverage of consultation on standards        

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