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Annual Retention

Annual Retention

The annual retention fee of £398 is due for the year 1 June 2019 – 31 May 2020, as set out in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016. Please visit to complete the retention process and maintain registration. A letter was sent to all registered pharmacists on 1 May 2019 advising the annual retention process must be completed. To view a copy of this letter click here.

Online retention is completed when full details are submitted by you including payment – this will be confirmed to you online with a receipt, after payment is made. Should you prefer to complete the registration in a paper format, you can either download the form here. 

Please ensure that data we hold 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 and Professional matters.

Declarations of Health or Character

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.

Removal by Voluntary Request

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 .