The PSI has a number of important functions related to the education and training of pharmacists, including ensuring a high standard of education for pharmacy students and ensuring that registered pharmacists undertake appropriate continuing professional development (CPD).
The education and training of pharmacy students is specified in EU legislation and consists of a five-year education and training programme, which must include a minimum of six months’ practical training placement under the supervision of a tutor pharmacist. A set of statutory rules - the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Education and Training) Rules 2008, set out in greater detail the procedures and requirements which will be operated by the PSI in carrying out its various functions relating to education and training under the Pharmacy Act 2007.
The PSI has commissioned a number of major reviews related to its education and training functions. These include the Pharmacy Education and Accreditation Review (PEARs) project and a review of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) models and systems. The final recommendations from these reviews have been approved by the PSI Council and will inform the major policy decisions about the future education and training of pharmacists in Ireland. The implementation of these recommendations are being pursued via the National Forum for Pharmacy Education and Accreditation and the establishment of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy.