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Code of Ethics and Standards

CODE OF ETHICS FOR PHARMACISTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

As a professional requirement of registration, all pharmacists in Northern Ireland are expected to abide by the Pharmaceutical Society NI Code (Professional standards of conduct, ethics and performance for pharmacists in Northern Ireland), which can be accessed here.

The Code sets the standard of professional conduct for all pharmacists and is regarded as governing the conduct of all pharmacists both within and outside the practice of pharmacy.

Breach of the Code could form the basis of a complaint of misconduct and an appearance before the Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society NI. The Statutory Committee can determine to remove registration of a pharmacist or apply another appropriate sanction.

The Code details five mandatory principles that explain the required standards of professional behaviour. These are:

Principle 1: Always put the patient first

Principle 2: Provide a safe and quality service

Principle 3: Act with professionalism and integrity at all times

Principle 4: Communicate effectively and work properly with colleagues

Principle 5: Maintain and develop your knowledge, skills and competence.

This Code is effective from 1 March 2016.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

 

Supporting professional standards and guidance documents have been developed to expand upon the principles of the Code of Ethics for specific areas of practice or professional activities. These are:

Due to recent updates to certain PDF software, users may experience difficulties in opening some of these documents. We are aware of the problem and are currently working on a solution. Should you require a document, and it doesn’t open properly, please contact the office on 028 90326927 and we will provide an alternative copy. We apologise for any inconvenience.

 

PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

 

Due to recent updates to certain PDF software, users may experience difficulties in opening some of these documents. We are aware of the problem and are currently working on a solution. Should you require a document, and it doesn’t open properly, please contact the office on 028 90326927 and we will provide an alternative copy. We apologise for any inconvenience.

 

The following is a list of statutory legislation relating to pharmacy in Northern IrelandClick here to view list.

This list is not exhaustive or exclusive and other legislation should be researched on the government website www.legislation.gov.uk/ .

 

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