The Code of Conduct for Pharmacists

Review of the Code of Conduct 

We are currently reviewing the Code of Conduct for Pharmacists. The current Code is in place since 2009 and we think it is important to review it to ensure it continues to reflect the current environment, the evolving role of pharmacists and a changing health service. This review will help us to consider if the Code is fulfilling its required function for patients, the public and pharmacists, as well as from a regulatory perspective.

In 2017, we invited a wide range of feedback on the Code to help us consider any changes that might be needed in a revised Code. Following this consultation, and engagement with relevant experts, the Code was revised and updated, and a public consultation was carried out in August 2018.

We will update information here, in our newsletter and through our stakeholder networks as we progress the project and carry out further public consultation.

Code of Conduct

This six-principle Code is a public declaration of ethical standards which govern the practice of pharmacy and which the public, patients and other healthcare professionals require and expect of pharmacists.

The primary principle of the Code requires that the practice by a pharmacist of his/her profession must be directed to maintaining and improving the health, wellbeing, care and safety of the patient.

The Code applies to all registered pharmacists and is intended to provide support and guidance in their professional practice. Every pharmacist has an obligation to comply in full with the statutory Code of Conduct.  Breaches of the Code may be considered professional misconduct by a pharmacist.

Every pharmacist is personally responsible under the Code of Conduct for his/her own acts or omissions, but they may also be responsible under the Code for the acts or omissions of persons operating under their direction, control or supervision.

Reflecting on the Code of Conduct, the PSI developed a Patient Charter, which is intended to reflect those standards as they relate to people availing of the professional services, advice and care provided by a community pharmacist. The Patient Charter outlines what patients can expect from their pharmacist.