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Pharmacist registration

It is illegal to practise in Northern Ireland as a pharmacist without first being registered with the Pharmaceutical Society NI.

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1 June every year after first registration.

Joining the Register

 

Re-registration process for former registrants

 

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1 June every year after first registration.

From 1 June 2018 submission deadlines will be in place for this type of application. Please ensure you submit all components of your application (CPD requirements, CCPS & fee) before 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Submission deadlines for applications to re-join the register

Applicants who are no longer on the register and wish to practise in Northern Ireland must first restore their name to the register by completing an

Application to register (former registrants) amended Aug 2016 and Equality monitoring form.

Please complete the Equality monitoring form and return in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of the monitoring officer.

Please note we will require Certificates of current professional status from any regulator you are currently or have previously been registered with whilst you have been off the register in Northern Ireland. You must apply directly to the regulator for this certificate. They will then send the certificate on directly to us.

An applicant is not permitted to practise until they have confirmation that they are registered.

An applicant can further check their registration status by checking the online register 

If paying by debit card please complete a Debit payment form.

Please note the Pharmaceutical Society of NI does not accept credit cards. 

We recommend secure mail for all postal applications.

Registration process for applicants first registered in Great Britain

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1 June every year after first registration.

From 1 June 2018 submission deadlines will be in place for this type of application. Please ensure you submit all components of your application (CPD requirements, CCPS & fee) before 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Submission deadlines for applications for applicants first registered in GB

Pharmacists who have been first registered in Great Britain  and wish to practise in Northern Ireland, must register with the Pharmaceutical Society NI.

Applicants must complete and submit an Application for registration as a Great Britain qualified pharmacist.

Application for registration as a Great Britain qualified pharmacist and Equality monitoring form.

If paying by debit card please complete a Debit payment form.

Please note the Pharmaceutical Society of NI does not accept credit cards. 

We recommend secure mail for all postal applications.

An applicant is not permitted to practise until they have confirmation that they are registered.

An applicant can further check their registration status by checking the online register 

Registration process for applicants first registered in the European Economic Area (EEA)

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1 June every year after first registration.

From 1 June 2018 submission deadlines will be in place for this type of application. Please ensure you submit all components of your application (CPD requirements, CCPS & fee) before 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Submission deadlines for applications for applicants first registered in the EEA

Applicants may be required to attend an interview on application.

Pharmacists who have been first registered in the EEA who wish to practise in Northern Ireland (including pharmacists first registered in ROI) must register with the Pharmaceutical Society NI.

Applicants must complete and submit an Application for registration as an EEA qualified pharmacist

Application for registration as an EEA qualified pharmacist and Equality Monitoring Form.

If paying by debit card please complete a Debit payment form.

Please note the Pharmaceutical Society of NI does not accept credit cards. 

We recommend secure mail for all postal applications.

An applicant is not permitted to practise until they have confirmation that they are registered.

An applicant can further check their registration status by checking the online register 

Non-EEA applicants for registration

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1 June every year after first registration.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview on application.

Pharmaceutical Society NI is governed by the European directive on the free movement of pharmacists in the European Economic Area.   Summary of EU Directive
Currently the Pharmaceutical Society NI does not recognise pharmacy qualifications obtained outside the EEA area.  This is an issue we are to review.

Currently to register in Northern Ireland it would first be necessary to contact the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), in London, who offer qualifying courses to overseas pharmacists (OSPAP) at six university locations in GB. An applicant would then have to complete the pre registration requirements, which is one year in either GB or NI and then register in Great Britain or Northern Ireland depending on where the pre registration training was undertaken.

Any updates relating to the development of the Non-EU/EEA route of registration will be published in this section of the website.

Appealing a registration decision

Where a determination has been made by the registrar not to register an applicant, an appeal to this decision may be made to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI*. At it’s meeting of 17 January 2017, the Council set out the procedure to be used in such an event.

The Procedure can be found at Registration Appeal’s Procedure 2017. It should be noted that any appeal should normally be made within 28 days of the Registrar’s decision.

To make an appeal against a decision not to register, the applicant must notify the Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, in writing, following the process outline above.

*excluding any notice of decision made via GPhC comparative assessment. Appeals of this nature are made directly to the GPhC.

Registering as a prescriber

If you have completed an accredited Independent Prescriber course and meet the criteria for registration as an Independent Prescriber we can now add the annotation IP against your name on the register if you follow the instructions below:

  • Complete and submit an application form: Annotation as an Independent Prescriber;
  • Submit a photocopy of your original certificate confirming completion of an accredited Independent Prescriber course;
  • Provide a fee of £25 payable by card payment form or cheque. Please only send card details by secure postal mail (do not send via email).

Please note the Pharmaceutical Society of NI does not accept credit cards. 

This application will normally be processed within 5 working days.

You will be able to practise as an Independent Prescriber when you have received written confirmation your name has been annotated on the register, which you should retain for your records.

Registration on completion of pre-registration training in Northern Ireland

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1 June every year after first registration.

For more details on what is required follow the link to Registration in the pre-registration section

Replacement registration certificate

If a registrant has lost or had their certificate stolen they will need to provide written notification to the Pharmaceutical Society NI and pay a fee £5 for a replacement certificate.

A new certificate will be sent to a registrants registered address by recorded delivery.

Please note it may take up to 6 weeks to receive a new certificate.

Fees associated with registration

 

Fees as at 2018/19
Registration
Registration fee £398.00
Retention on the register (1st June annually)
Retention on the register £398.00
Restoration to the register
 
Penalty fee charged in addition to the retention fee, for default in payment of retention fee. £75.00
Fee charged in addition to the registration fee, for restoation of name to the register following removal by Statutory Committee £121.00
Pre-Registration
Registration fee £206.00
Retention fee £10.00
Examination fee £174.00
Resit examination fee £174.00
Misc Fees
Lost/Replacement certificate £5.00
Declarations to the Registrar

Pharmacists are required to make self declarations to the Pharmaceutical Society NI with regard to their fitness to practise. Standard 3.1.6 of the Code of Ethics and Standards (March 2016) imposes upon registrants a professional obligation to:

“Promptly inform the regulator, your employer and other relevant authorities of any circumstances that may call into question your fitness to practise or has the potential to bring the profession of pharmacy into disrepute.”

“Impairment of fitness to practise” is defined at para 4 of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (as amended) and includes misconduct, certain criminal or disciplinary matters, deficient professional performance and any “adverse physical or mental health which impairs their ability to practise safely and effectively or which otherwise impairs their ability to carry out the duties of a registered person in a safe and effective manner.”

Registrants are also under a statutory duty to notify the registrar in writing of certain criminal or disciplinary proceedings or investigations within 7 days (see regulation 3 of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012).

If you wish to make a declaration please use the Self-declaration form.

The declaration should be addressed private and confidential and forwarded to the
Pharmaceutical Society of NI for the attention of the Registrar.

Changes to the register

 

Changing your address

Should a registrant wish to change their registered address, they must inform the Pharmaceutical Society NI in writing or via  fax or email, quoting their registration number.

Write to us at:

Registration
Pharmaceutical Society NI
73 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HL

or email:  registration@psni.org.uk

We will confirm the change of address in writing or by email.

Change of name

 

To change your name on the register please complete the form Change of Name and submit with supporting documents.

This should be sent via recorded or secure postal mail to:

Registration

Pharmaceutical Society NI

73 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1HL

Change of email

Registrants can update the email stored for their registration including membership online services by emailing registration@psni.org.uk, stating:

Full name, registration number and new email.

We will confirm the change of email address by email.

A new password is not needed for membership online services.

Leaving the Register

 

Withdrawing voluntarily from the register

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1 June to 31 May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1st June every year after first registration.

Registrants, who wish to be voluntarily removed from the register of Pharmaceutical Chemists in Northern Ireland, may apply to leave in accordance with Regulation 7(6) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012. Normally, registrants who are subject to fitness to practise procedures will not be permitted to remove their name from the register by voluntary request.

Each application is processed by the Registrar in accordance with these Regulations.

In order to be removed from the register you must print, complete and submit the Application for withdrawal .  Any registrant leaving by voluntary request must be able to produce evidence they have met their obligations for Continuing Professional Development whilst on the register as set out in the CPD framework.

Please note the Pharmaceutical Society NI will inform the registrant if their application to withdraw from the register has been successful. If a registrant does not receive this confirmation within 7 days of submission they must contact the organisation in writing seeking confirmation of receipt. It is the registrant’s responsibility to ensure that this form has been received.

Below is a list for each calendar year detailing the applications granted for voluntary withdrawal from the register.

Please check the register, phone registration at 02890326927 or email registration@psni.org.uk to check the current status of any pharmacist.

Voluntary removal lists:

Voluntary removals 2018

Voluntary-removals-2017

Voluntary-removals-2016

Voluntary removals 2015

Voluntary removals 2014

Voluntary removals 2013

Applying for a Certificate of Current Professional Status

From 1 June 2018 submission deadlines will be in place for this type of application. Please ensure you submit your application before 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Submission deadlines for CCPS applications

Pharmacists currently registered in Northern Ireland who wish to apply for registration to practise in another country require a ’European Certificate of Current Professional Status’ to be sent on their behalf to the relevant registration authority. This certificate will confirm a registrant’s/former registrant’s good standing with the Pharmaceutical Society NI, and also outline details about their registration, i.e. university attended, qualification and preregistration training details.

The certificate is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Most regulatory authorities request this document as part of their registration process.

This certificate is sent directly to the regulatory authority marked on the application. You will not receive a copy.

We will send confirmation that we have issued the certificate to the regulatory authority on the registrant’s behalf.

Application for CCPS 

Note for pre-registration students: 

A CCPS can only be provided from the day you have been registered. For example if you register on 5 August, the next deadline you will be able to meet will be the 15 August and your certificate will be sent on 3 September. 

In order to register with another regulatory body at the end of the pre-registration year you must initially register with the Pharmaceutical Society NI.  If you do not, you will not meet the requirements for EEA recognition of professional qualifications.

This is detailed in the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications.

An extract to confirm the position of the GPhC and PSI can be found here.

Reporting the death of a registrant

To inform the Pharmaceutical Society NI of the death of a registrant, e-mail, fax or write to us, at:

Registration
Pharmaceutical Society NI
73 University Street
Belfast BT7 1HL

Fax: 028 9043 9919
Email: registration@psni.org.uk

Please also submit a certified copy of the death certificate.

Removal of registrants for non-payment of fees

Removal of registrants for non-payment of fees

The registration year in Northern Ireland runs from 1st June to 31st May annually therefore to retain registration you will be required to re-register on 1st June every year after first registration.

All registrants are contacted individually by letter to offer annual retention at their current registered address. It is every registrant’s responsibility to update the Registrar on any change to their address.

The fee is due on or before the 01 June 2017. Statutory notification will be given (normally 01 July), as defined in the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 to those pharmacists who have not paid their retention fee by that date. Following this notice, the names of those registrants who have not paid their fees are submitted to the Council. The Registrar will request the Council to instruct the removal from the register of those registrants who remain unpaid two months after the statutory notice has been given normally on 01 September. There is an additional fee payable for registrants removed from the register for non-payment of fees before restoration to the register.

Certificate of Current Professional Status

From 1 June 2018 submission deadlines will be in place for this type of application. Please ensure you submit your application before 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Submission deadlines for CCPS applications

Pharmacists currently registered in Northern Ireland who wish to apply for registration to practise in another country require a ’European Certificate of Current Professional Status’ to be sent on their behalf to the relevant registration authority. This certificate will confirm a registrant’s/former registrant’s good standing with the Pharmaceutical Society NI, and also outline details about their registration, i.e. university attended, qualification and preregistration training details.

The certificate is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Most regulatory authorities request this document as part of their registration process.

This certificate is sent directly to the regulatory authority marked on the application. You will not receive a copy.

We will send confirmation that we have issued the certificate to the regulatory authority on the registrant’s behalf.

Application for CCPS 

Note for pre-registration students: 

A CCPS can only be provided from the day you have been registered. For example if you register on 5 August, the next deadline you will be able to meet will be the 15 August and your certificate will be sent on 3 September. 

In order to register with another regulatory body at the end of the pre-registration year you must initially register with the Pharmaceutical Society NI.  If you do not, you will not meet the requirements for EEA recognition of professional qualifications.

This is detailed in the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications.

An extract to confirm the position of the GPhC and PSI can be found here.

The Pharmaceutical Society NI welcomes feedback on all areas of the registration process, please write to :

Registration
Pharmaceutical Society NI
73 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HL

Email: registration@psni.org.uk

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