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Annual Retention

The annual retention fee of £398 is due for the year commencing 1 June 2017 – 31 May 2018, as set out in the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976.

Please visit Membership Online to complete the retention process.  Online retention is completed when full details are submitted including payment – this will be confirmed online with a receipt after payment.

Should you prefer to complete the registration in hardcopy, you can either download the form: Pharmacist Retention 2017/18 or write to our office to request a paper copy.  Please allow adequate time if making a postal request.

Please ensure that data held by the Society is correct, submitting relevant changes and updating the following:

  • Personal details
  • Employment status and indemnity arrangements
  • Mailing options and data processing consent
  • Declarations of Character, Health, Continuing Professional Development and Professional matters.

A letter detailing this process has been sent to each registrant member. A copy of this letter can be found here.

For payment please use a Credit/Debit card form and post via secure mail. If paying by cheque please make payable to The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

If submitting a paper application please submit an Equality Monitoring Form in a separate envelope labelled for the attention of the ‘Equality Monitoring Officer’.

Declarations of Health or Character

Declarations of Health or Character

 It is the responsibility of every individual to ensure that the relevant declarations are made.

If circumstances have not changed it is not necessary to repeat declarations previously made.

A declaration proforma is hosted on the website to facilitate any disclosure.

Removal by Voluntary Request

Removal by Voluntary Request

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.

Registrants who are subject to fitness to practise investigations will not be permitted to leave the register voluntarily until the investigation is complete.

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.

Removal of registrants for non-payment of fees

Removal of registrants for non-payment of fees

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.

 

Pharmacist registration

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

Processes of registration

Registration on completion of pre-registration training in Northern Ireland

Applicants are required to

  • Have completed at least 52 weeks pre-registration training in a pharmacy registered for pre-reg. training in Northern Ireland.
  • Submit  4 quarterly assessments and performance standards signed off by their tutor
  • Pass registration examination
  • Submit 52nd week declaration indication suitability to register signed by tutor
  • Complete and submit a registration pack
  • Pay new registration fee and any outstanding fines before they are due to be registered
  • Have received confirmation of their registration in writing from the registrar before practising as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland
    Registration can also be verified via Search the register facility

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

Registration process for applicants first registered in Great Britain

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 SEPT 2016

Pharmaceutical Society NI will acknowledge the receipt of an application and and will endeavour to complete the process within 5 working days of receiving a completed application.
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)

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 Sept 2016

Pharmaceutical Society NI will acknowledge the receipt of an application and and will endeavour to complete the process (for route A applicants) within 10 working days of receiving a completed application.
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

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.

Re-registration process for former registrants

 

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

Equality monitoring form

Please complete an 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.

Pharmaceutical Society NI will endeavour to complete the process within 5 working days of receiving a completed application.
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 credit/debit card please complete a Credit-Debit payment form

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.

 

Processes associated with registration

Withdrawing voluntarily from the register

Should a registrant wish to withdraw voluntarily from the register of pharmaceutical chemists, they must complete the  application form (at the link below) and submit to the registration department:

Application for withdrawal from register 2016

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.

Registrants who are subject to fitness to practise investigations will not be permitted to leave the register voluntarily until the investigation is complete.

Voluntary removal

Pharmacists, who wish to be voluntarily removed from the register of pharmaceutical chemists in Northern Ireland 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.

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

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

The lists detail dates of withdrawal. A person can also be restored to the register at a later date, and if this occurs, their name will be listed on the current 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-2017

Voluntary-removals-2016

Voluntary removals 2015

Voluntary removals 2014

Voluntary removals 2013

Applying for a Certificate of current professional status

About the certificate

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.

Please note a Certificate of Current Professional Status can take up to 5 working days to be issued from the date of receipt of a completed and correct application form. Registrants/former registrants should ensure their submission is both timely and accurate.

The certificate will be sent directly to the regulatory authority with which the registrant/former registrant  is seeking registration and not to the applicant.
We will send confirmation that we have issued the certificate to the regulatory authority on the registrant’s behalf.

Applying for a certificate

Registrants/former registrants wishing to obtain a Certificate of Current Professional Status should complete and submit an application form.

Application for CCPS updated Sept 2016

Please note that on completing the above application, registrants/former registrants must declare all convictions. (The position of pharmacist is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978. Therefore all convictions must be declared including those that would be considered “spent” under this legislation.)

Please note any false or misleading information may be treated as misconduct which may result in a registrant being subject to fitness to practise proceedings.

Registering as a prescriber

 

If you wish to make an application to register as an Independent Prescriber, please see latest update – www.psni.org.uk/news/update-on-independent-prescribers-regulations/

 

 

Relevant legislation

In The Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2004, at Amendments to the principal Order (3)
it states:

“In Article 8 of the principal Order (Qualifications for registration), after paragraph (4)

add the following paragraph –
“(5) Where a person –
(a) gives to the registrar such reasonable proof as may be prescribed that he satisfies
the prescribed requirements for a particular annotation to be recorded against his
name in the register of pharmaceutical chemists in accordance with regulations
under Article 5(1)(ff); and
(b) pays the prescribed fee to the Society,
he shall be entitled to have that annotation recorded against his name in that register.”

See The Medicines for Human Use (Prescribing) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2006Amendment of article 1 of the POM Order, 2 (h)

““pharmacist independent prescriber” means a person—
(a) who is a pharmacist, and
(b) against whose name is recorded in the relevant register an annotation signifying
that he is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist
independent prescriber;”

Changing 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 department
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

Registrants who have changed their name, should return their current registration certificate, by recorded delivery, with an original marriage certificate, decree absolute or copy of deed poll document, to the Registration Department.
Certified copies of these documents are also accepted. The Pharmaceutical Society NI will not accept photocopies of originals.  Any original documents posted will be returned to the registrant by recorded delivery.  There is no fee for a change of name.

A new certificate will be posted to the registrant within 6-8 weeks.

Replacement registration certificate

Lost or stolen 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.

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 Section
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.

 

Fees associated with registration processes

Fees associated with registration
Fees as at 2016/17
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

 

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

Registration department
Pharmaceutical Society NI
73 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HL

Tel: 028 9032 6927
Fax: 028 9043 9919

Email: registration@psni.org.uk

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