Public Consultations

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) carries out regular public consultations so that the opinion and input of our stakeholders is considered in the work we are undertaking. 

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.

Public Consultation on a Revised Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists


The PSI is revising the Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists. The Core Competency Framework aims to reflect the practice of pharmacists in the early stages of their career, i.e., 0-3 years registered.

This is an important document that underpins the curriculum of the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) delivered by the Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland and supports pharmacists in identifying their continuing professional development needs throughout their career.

What is the public consultation about?

We published the first Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists in Ireland in 2013. To ensure that it remains relevant and fit-for-purpose, it is subject to regular review. This helps ensure that it continues to reflect the evolving role of pharmacists. A review of the current Core Competency Framework has been undertaken and a revised Framework has been developed. This has been approved by the PSI Council for public consultation. 

The Core Competency Framework has many functions, and it is important that we gather feedback from a range people on the changes proposed before it is put into use. This consultation is open to everyone, including those who engage with or avail of pharmacist care and pharmacy services, pharmacists in all roles, pharmacy owners, pharmacy students, other healthcare professionals and healthcare regulators, and those involved in the education and development of pharmacists or others.

The public consultation will be open from 21 July to 18 August. This is your opportunity to share your views on the revised Core Competency Framework.

How has the Core Competency Framework been revised?

We started the review of the Core Competency Framework in September 2019. Since then, we have engaged, consulted and worked with relevant stakeholders leading to the development of the revised Core Competency Framework. You can read this summary information on the steps we took and those who contributed to this work.

Summary of key changes to the Core Competency Framework

  • A comprehensive review of the Core Competency Framework was completed. The key changes made are summarised below:
  • Domains – The number of domains within the Framework has been reduced from six to five and their titles have changed.
  • Competencies – Some competencies have been added to reflect changes in practice and others have been removed or merged.
  • Behaviours – The number of behaviours has been reduced. Some behaviours have been added to reflect changes in practice.
  • Language – The language has been updated and the behaviours are presented in the first person to better assist those who use the Core Competency Framework to assess whether a competency and behaviour is relevant to them and their role.

How to give feedback

There are two documents that we are seeking feedback on. 

The main document contains the revised Core Competency Framework. It includes an introductory section, information on the changes made, the purpose and functions of the Core Competency Framework, how it should be used, and its structure. 

We are also seeking feedback on this supplementary document, which includes examples of how to use the Core Competency Framework.  

Please choose one of the following ways to provide this feedback to us:

  • Online survey

The fastest way to give your feedback is through the online survey.

  • Email

You can also send your feedback by email to

  • Post 

Alternatively, you can send your feedback by post to Andrea Boland, Professional Standards Coordinator, PSI House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD72

The deadline for making a submission is 18 August 2022.

Further information

You will find the current Core Competency Framework and more information about this review on this website.

If you have any questions in relation to this public consultation, please contact

What will we do with your feedback?

At the end of the public consultation, we will review and consider your feedback. This will inform changes, where needed, to the revised Core Competency Framework. We will also include a summary of the feedback received in a consultation report which will be published on the PSI website.

Next steps

The PSI Council will consider any changes made to the revised Core Competency Framework as a result of the feedback received. The PSI Council will also consider a consultation report, which will include a summary of your feedback and our response. The consultation report will be published on the PSI website.

We will inform you about the publication and launch of the revised Core Competency Framework in due course.

Public Consultations, Data Protection and Freedom of Information:

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 information provided to PSI consultations will be stored in a secure and confidential manner by the PSI, it will only be used for the purposes outlined and it will be deleted in line with the PSI’s record retention policy. After each public consultation we publish a consultation report on this website that contains a summary of comments received, the PSI response to those, and lists the organisations that have given their feedback, where those have been provided.

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