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Review of the Code Provision and Guidance on Raising Concerns and the Duty of Candour

In light of recent events in England, we are conducting an internal review of the Code provisions and Guidance that relate to raising concerns, the protection of whistle-blowers and the duty of candour by pharmacists with a view to amending this or strengthening it where necessary.

Pharmacists, other health professionals and the public are reminded that our Code (Professional standards of conduct, ethics and performance for pharmacists in Northern Ireland) and our Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) Guidance sets out what we expect from pharmacists and pharmacy owners and highlights the protection for pharmacists and others raising concerns.

Concerns can be raised with us through the raising concerns link on our website, by telephone or post.

We would welcome engagement with stakeholders on how we should ensure that our guidance continues to protect patients and support pharmacists and others in raising matters of concern.

Our Standards and Policy team can be contacted on, by telephone or post.