First-Time Registration

Anyone wishing to open a pharmacy  must apply to register that pharmacy at least 60 days before it is opened, and have the application processed (including new opening inspection), and registered in accordance with statutory rules before it may operate.

How to apply for registration

Applications are made in the PSI online registration portal. You can apply for registration by creating an account, submitting your details and the necessary documents, and paying the registration fee directly and securely online. The online registration portal contains instructions and information videos to assist with your application.

Application Process

You will need to provide the following details in the registration portal as part of your application. We recommend you gather these documents before proceeding with your application:

  • Details of the ownership of the pharmacy
  • The services it intends to provide
  • Details of all pharmacist and pharmaceutical assistant personnel employed or engaged
  • A map of the location of the pharmacy
  • Floor plans of the pharmacy, indicating the dimensions of the dispensary and professional services area, and the location of the patient consultation area
  • Evidence of the insurance or indemnity cover
  • In the case of a pharmacy which is owned by a company, a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation and the Memorandum and Articles of Association or Constitution
  • Details of superintendent and supervising pharmacists to be appointed at the pharmacy

Certificates of Registration

We will issue a certificate of registration to a pharmacy owner as soon as practicable after registration or continued registration. The certificate will be valid for 12 months from the date of registration.

You must prominently always display the pharmacy and supervising pharmacist certificates of registration in the pharmacy.

Publication of Register Details

Following registration of the pharmacy, the following details will appear in the online public register on the PSI website:

  • Name of pharmacy
  • Address of pharmacy
  • Telephone, fax and website details
  • PSI registration number of pharmacy
  • Companies office registration number of the pharmacy 
  • Name of pharmacy owner
  • Name of superintendent pharmacist
  • Name of supervising pharmacist
  • Date of first registration
  • Date of expiry of the current certificate of registration Opening hours of the pharmacy 


Details of the procedures for applications for first-time registration as a pharmacy are set out in the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Retail Pharmacy Business) (Registration) Rules 2008 

Regulations made under Section 18 of the Pharmacy Act 2007, the Regulation of Retail Pharmacy Businesses Regulations 2008 govern the operation of a pharmacy. These regulations cover the staff, premises, equipment, record-keeping and procedures of a pharmacy and include regulations in relation to the supply and counselling of both prescription and non-prescription medicines.

For related information, see the guidance issued by the PSI to assist pharmacists and pharmacy owners in their compliance with the Retail Pharmacy Business Regulations 2008.