Training for Pharmacists for the Supply and Administration of Emergency Medicines and Vaccinations

Pharmacists who have completed the required training, are permitted to administer five medicines for the purpose of saving life or reducing severe distress in certain emergency situations: anaphylaxis (adrenaline), asthma attack (salbutamol inhaler), hypoglycaemia (glucagon injection), angina attack(glyceryl trinitrate aerosol) and opioid overdose (naloxone). Pharmacists are also able to administer the following vaccines, once they have completed the relevant training: seasonal influenza vaccine, pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine and herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine. Read the legislation which allows for these services. 

How can I complete training?

You can contact the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) to find out how to register and complete the required training programmes. Most of the training programmes are available online, so you can complete them in your own time. All online programmes are free of charge. There is a fee associated with other programmes.

What training do I need to complete?

There are 11 training programmes available in total. You will receive a certificate of completion once you complete each training programme.

The number of training programmes you will have to complete will depend on what services you wish to provide. Some services, such as the administration of adrenaline in anaphylaxis (autoinjector), only require two training programmes to be completed. Other services, such as vaccinations, require five training programmes to be completed.

A diagram of the training programmes is set out below. This is known as a ‘modular’ system of training and was first introduced in 2016.

modular system of training

Which training requirements do I need to complete?

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  • Emergency medicines

  • Vaccinations

How long is training valid for?

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  • Click here for the validity periods of training

What do I need to do each year?

You should review the training requirements for the delivery of the services you wish to provide each year. You should check that your training in each training programme is up-to-date. You can also complete a self-declaration form, which will help you to review the requirements and provide a means for you to attest to your competency to deliver the chosen service(s). If you have any questions about the training requirements, you can email education@psi.ie.

What if I am an experienced vaccinator?

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  • Click here for information

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