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Continuing Professional Development


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a formative and positive process that helps you to continually update and improve your knowledge and skills as a pharmacist. CPD is an activity you engage in as a pharmacy student and continue throughout your career as a registered pharmacist.

From the 1 June 2013, CPD became a statutory legal requirement of registration with the Pharmaceutical Society NI. The new CPD framework sets out in detail what pharmacists must do to meet their CPD requirements.

This means that each year when you renew your registration you must complete a statutory declaration stating that you comply with the legislative provisions and statutory requirements of the CPD framework.

In the regulations, CPD is defined as the:

“continuing professional development which registered persons
are required to undertake in order to have their name retained in the
register and to maintain competence…”

The Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI (Continuing Professional
Development) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

All registrants must undertake CPD activities relevant to the safe and effective practice of pharmacy and to their scope of practice.

We encourage all registrants to read the framework document to establish their responsibilities and to plan their learning so they are ready to make their annual submission by the 31 May each year.

We encourage, wherever possible, that registrants record their CPD online. The CPD online facility can be accessed by clicking on the CPD icon, at the top right hand corner of this page.

Application for Extenuating Circumstances with regards to CPD Year 2017/18

For further information please contact the Post-Registration Lead at Society House or via email at:

Contact details

Michelle McCorry

Post-Registration Lead

73 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL
Tel 028 9032 6927 Fax 028 9043 9919

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