Code of Conduct- Professional Principles, Standards and Ethics for Pharmacists

Code of Conduct for Pharmacists

The Code of Conduct is a public declaration of the principles and ethical standards which govern pharmacists in the practice of their profession, and which the public, patients, other healthcare professionals and society require and expect from pharmacists. The Code of Conduct was revised and updated in 2019. The updated Code acknowledges the changes that have taken place in the delivery of healthcare in recent years, the evolving role of pharmacists and the exercise of professional judgement by pharmacists in the fulfilment of their professional responsibilities to patients and the public. The updated Code applies to all pharmacists and is distinctly patient-centred, focussing on ensuring that all pharmacists practise in a way that maintains and improves the health, wellbeing, care and safety of patients. The revised seven-principle Code is intended to support pharmacists working in modern Ireland and has taken into account changes in Irish healthcare legislation and our society.

The new Code was launched on 25 September 2019 to coincide with World Pharmacists Day and came into effect on 21 October 2019. 

Read the Code of Conduct- Professional Principles, Standards and Ethics for Pharmacists

Press release: launch of the Code of Conduct, 25 September 2019

Seven Principles in the Code

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  • Put the Patient First

  • Act Professionally

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Work With Others

  • Show Leadership

  • Maintain Competence

  • Be Open and Honest

Principles in the Code of Conduct (2019)

Useful Resources for Pharmacists

  • Ethical Decision Making Tool
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Code of Conduct launch video
  • Video introducing the Code of Conduct

Information events on the updated Code of Conduct

To provide information and support to pharmacists in the roll-out of the new Code of Conduct, we held information events in various locations around the country in September and October 2019. We will be hosting a further series of information events in Spring 2020.

View the speaker biographies

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  • Review of the Code of Conduct