COVID-19 Emergency Restoration Process

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the PSI is aware of the many challenges being faced by pharmacists and pharmacy teams, and the essential role that pharmacy plays as a key frontline service ensuring the availability of medicines and continuity of patient care.

The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 introduces responsive emergency provisions, including a mechanism to quickly restore health professionals to Statutory Registers where a previously registered individual wishes to assist and be available to work within the health system.

In line with these measures, a new restoration route has been introduced to the Pharmacy Act, referred to as a Section 77 registration. This enables former PSI registrants, including pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants, who either voluntarily withdrew from the register or were removed due to non-payment of registration fees, to have their registration restored.

Restorations to the Register made under COVID-19 Section 77 are temporary registrations and registration will automatically cease after the COVID-19 pandemic emergency has been declared to have passed by Government. Currently this timeline is 31 July 2020. This timeline may be reviewed by the Minister as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.

To make an application under Covid-19 Section 77 Restoration, please download and complete the relevant application form below and submit it by email to section77@psi.ie. Please do not send the application by post. There is no fee for Section 77 applications.

Overview of application process

  • Previous registrants can make an electronic application for Section 77 registration to re-join the Register by downloading the required application form.
  • Applicant submits the completed application form by email to section77@psi.ie
  • We will consider your application and, if satisfied that restoration is appropriate, your name will be restored to the Register of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Assistants .
  • Applicants who are restored to the Register will have “Section 77 Registration” stated after their surname on the PSI register.
  • An email will be issued to the applicant to confirm their application has been successful and that their name is restored to the Register.
  • Prior to 31 July 2020 (or a date as amended by the Minister for Health), the PSI will contact you to inform you of the date from which your Section 77 registration will cease and what options will be open to you.

Guidance notes to assist in making your application for Section 77 restoration

COVID-19 Section 77 Restoration application form

Resources for returning to practise: