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Extenuating Circumstances

The deadline for receipt of Extenuating Circumstances applications is 30 April.

Annual submission of a satisfactory CPD portfolio is the statutory obligation of each registered pharmacist.

The Extenuating Circumstances process provides a means by which a registered pharmacist, who is/has been experiencing extenuating circumstances within the CPD year, may apply for an exemption from, or reduction of, their CPD obligation.

Applying for an exemption

By way of definition, an extenuating circumstance is a circumstance that is beyond the normal difficulties experienced in life which has caused exceptional interference with the registrant’s ability to work and/or undertake CPD activities. 

A list of generally acceptable extenuating circumstances, and the supporting documentary evidence required, is available on the Interactive Extenuating Circumstances Form 2021-22.

Registrants are reminded that CPD activity should be undertaken and recorded throughout the CPD year and not left to the final month before the submission deadline.   CPD activity should be in line within the requirements of the new CPD Framework 2021 and submitted on the new CPD portal by the stated submission deadline.

If you are considering applying for an exemption or partial submission, please also refer to the new CPD Framework 2021

Application form

Applications for extenuating circumstances will only be considered if recorded on the Interactive Extenuating Circumstances Form 2021-22

Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. 

Applications should be submitted as early as possible and before 30 April 2022 with all the required documentary evidence as listed in the application form, either by email to or in hard copy to:

Laura Hughes


Pharmaceutical Society NI

73 University Street