Code of Conduct - Useful Resources

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. To support pharmacists with the roll-out of the updated Code, we have developed useful resources.

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

Ethical Decision Making ToolEthical Decision Making Tool

Ethical dilemmas can happen every day in practice. The ability to make sound ethical decisions is a fundamental responsibility of pharmacists as healthcare professionals. The Ethical Decision Making Tool is designed to support pharmacists as a guide in decision making when they are presented with an ethical dilemma or issue.

Ethical Dilemmas

We have developed hypothetical ethical dilemmas to get you thinking about the high standards of ethical behaviour expected of pharmacists. Using the Ethical Decision Making Tool, examine and discuss the dilemmas below.

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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 and February 2020.

Recordings of the presentations given at the information events are available below.

Each night a guest speaker was invited to discuss one of the seven principles of the Code, relevant to their role in pharmacy practice. You can view the presentations below. 

Video: a new Code of Conduct

Niall Byrne, PSI Registrar, Avril Ryan, community pharmacist, and Deirdre Lenehan, hospital pharmacist discuss the importance of the Code of Conduct for pharmacists.

Introduction to the Code of Conduct for Pharmacists