The PSI has an important role in assuring high standards of education and training in pharmacy and is responsible for;

  • Accreditation and approval of educational programmes as required under the Pharmacy Act 2007
  • Accreditation of the three Master’s in pharmacy degree programmes provided in Ireland.
  • Developing accreditation standards to evaluate degree programmes and CPD programmes of education and training for pharmacists.

It is a duty of the PSI to review the programmes of education and training being provided by each of the three schools of pharmacy in Ireland. The pharmacy degree programmes are assessed against the PSI’s approved accreditation standards to ensure programmes are meeting the relevant criteria as defined by the PSI Council.

The accreditation standards are designed to provide a description of what is expected of the provider responsible for the teaching, learning and assessment associated with the programme.

The accreditation standards were reviewed in 2019, and approved by the Council of the PSI at its meeting in September 2019. These accreditation standards will underpin future accreditation processes. Annual reporting for currently accredited training programmes will be carried out against the 2019 standards also.

Guidance on Conflicts of Interest for Members of Accreditation Teams

The PSI appoints an accreditation team with suitable expertise to review programmes of education and training.

Team members should consult the guidance on conflicts of interest prior to submitting a disclosure of interest form.

PSI Accreditation Policy