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E-cigarettes – letter form Registrar and Chair of Standards Committee

Today, the Registrar and the Chair of the Standards Committee published a letter relating to e-cigarettes. The key paragraph in the correspondence make the following point:-   “In the standard of the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2009), registrants are reminded of their obligations of conduct, as well as, their responsibilities of professional and practice performance, in particular, principle one which states that as a registrant you must ‘make the safety and welfare of patients your prime concern’[1]Based on this principle and its corresponding obligations, it is for every pharmacy owner, responsible pharmacist or superintendent pharmacist and pharmacist, to use their professional judgement to decide if they are confident to recommend  e-cigarettes for sale via their community pharmacy after taking into account the evidence-base and other relevant guidance associated with their use.”

The full text of the letter can be read here;