Public Consultations

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) carries out regular public consultations so that the opinion and input of our many stakeholders may be considered in the work we are undertaking. Through our consultations we seek to achieve an understanding of what is important to the general public, and to those working in pharmacy and in other health related roles, and ensure that our stakeholders understand our role and the work that we do.

The PSI, as the pharmacy regulator, acts to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of patients and the public. Our vision is  to ensure that pharmacy services are delivered in a competent, professional and ethical manner and in an appropriate environment, to the highest standards of quality care and best practice.

9 April 2015


The Council, at its meeting on 26th March 2015, adopted in principle the draft Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2015 relating to continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists. The Pharmacy Act 2007 (as amended) (the Act) confers a function on the PSI ‘to ensure that pharmacists undertake appropriate continuing professional development, including the acquisition of specialisation’.  These draft Rules are necessary to give statutory effect to the PSI’s CPD model as agreed by the Council of the PSI in June 2010.

These draft rules set out the system of CPD for pharmacists, the establishment of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy to oversee the management and operation of the CPD system on behalf of the PSI, the associated quality assurance review processes, and the recognition and approval of CPD programmes and courses.

A copy of the draft Rules is available to view here.

Comments are invited on these draft Rules, to be received not later than 5pm on 18th May 2015 and may be made in writing by completing the online questionnaire  or by email to, or by post to Registrar, CPD Rules Consultation, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, PSI House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2.  

It is recommended that you read the draft statutory instrument in advance of commencing the online questionnaire.

Additional information is available on this website if you wish to consider the background to the development of this statutory instrument and CPD for pharmacists.

The draft rules will be reconsidered by the Council in light of any comments received prior to being presented to the Minister to obtain consent to their making.

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Please note that submissions made to the PSI during its public consultations are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. The PSI will also publish on its website a collated version of all written comments received in response to the public consultation together with the PSI’s response to those comments.

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