ePortfolio Review Process

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2015 (S.I .No. 553 of 2015) came into effect on 1 January 2016.  This legislation underpins the CPD system for pharmacists in Ireland, including the requirement for pharmacists to maintain a record of CPD in an online ePortfolio and participate in ePortfolio Review.

The Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) carries out the ePortfolio Review process, which starts with the PSI selecting the names of pharmacists from the Register of Pharmacists each year. These pharmacists are asked to submit an extract from their ePortfolio to the IIOP for review. Pharmacists are called once in every five years to submit this extract.

Notification that a pharmacist has been selected for ePortfolio Review is sent to the email address a pharmacist has previously provided to the PSI. This email address can be updated in the PSI Registration Portal. Once notified, selected pharmacists can then expect to receive communication via email directly from the IIOP. Pharmacists must ensure they have provided their current email address to the IIOP. This can be updated within the 'My Profile' section when logged into the IIOP website. The IIOP will advise pharmacists on how they can submit their extracts, what type of extracts are sought for the review and when the submission should be made. The IIOP will also highlight the supports and tools that are available to assist pharmacists preparing to submit an extract from their ePortfolio.

The guidelines that support ePortolio Review are set out in the ePortfolio Review Policy. Further information and supports about CPD and the ePortfolio system are available from the IIOP website. Please also refer to the FAQ section on this website.

Applying for an Exemption from Participation in ePortfolio Review 

Pharmacists who have been selected for ePortfolio review and feel that they have reason to be exempt should review the extenuating circumstances policy. If, having reviewed the policy you wish to submit an application, you can do so by filling out this online form. You will also need to email copies of supporting documentation to cpd@psi.ie, details of which are outlined in the policy. Applications will be managed on a case-by-case basis in strictest confidence.

Further details about the process, including the dates by which applications for an exemption must be submitted, are included in the email sent by the PSI notifying you of your selection. You will also find more useful information on the ePortfolio Review process in our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.