About Us

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is a public body established in law to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public by regulating pharmacists and pharmacies in Ireland.

As the pharmacy regulator we set the standard for pharmacists’ education and training in Ireland and create the standards and supports to promote good professional practice in pharmacy. We register pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants and pharmacies, carry out inspections of pharmacies, and take action when there is a concern about a pharmacist or a pharmacy, including when we receive a complaint from a member of the public.

The PSI is an independent body and an agency of the Department of Health. We are governed by a 21 member Council, with each of the members appointed by the Minister for Health.

Our Role

Commitment to the Public

Our principal function is to ensure patient safety and public protection. We are committed to carrying out our work independently, ethically and transparently.

The Pharmacy Act 2007 (as amended) established the role and responsibilities of the PSI, which include:

  • Registration of pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants and pharmacies;
  • Setting standards for pharmacy education and training;
  • Ensuring all registered pharmacists are undertaking appropriate continuing professional development (CPD);
  • Promoting good professional practice by pharmacists through raising standards and sharing information for the benefit of patients and the wider health system;
  • Assessing compliance and taking actions to address poor performance, practices and behaviours through our inspection and enforcement functions, by considering complaints made against a pharmacist or a pharmacy, and through the imposition of sanctions;
  • Providing advice, support and guidance to the public, pharmacy profession and to the Government on pharmacy care, treatment and service in Ireland.

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