The Minister for Health, Robin Swan, announced today that he has approved the Northern Ireland Pharmaceutical Technicians to begin work under the statute of the Pharmaceutical Company of Northern Ireland.
The public consultation started in March 2022 on the proposal to introduce a statutory regulation of the workforce of pharmacy technicians in Northern Ireland.
The Minister said. “I am delighted to have established Pharmacy Technicians as a regulated healthcare profession in Northern Ireland. This will provide a key opportunity to increase the contribution that pharmacy technicians can make to healthcare in all environments. It will allow. The role of the regulator is to strengthen the protection of patients խ to promote high standards, thereby increasing public confidence and trust in pharmacy practice.
“Although there are many practical issues with stakeholders, legislative changes are required, I have now instructed my department officials to develop a detailed program plan to regulate pharmacy technicians by the Pharmaceutical Company of Northern Ireland.”
Director General of Pharmacy Katie Harrison said: “I welcome the publication of this advisory report, which is a further step towards our ambitions for pharmacy development, as set out in the Pharmacy Workforce Review. I would like to express my sincerity. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.
Our population is best served by the full use of the skills of all members of the pharmacy team to ensure that people get the most out of their medicines every day. “Advancing the regulation and registration of pharmacy technicians as health professionals will help transform pharmacy services by optimizing the mix of skills, helping to maintain public safety and confidence in the pharmacy profession.”
The consultation ended on May 20, 2022, և the department has now published a summary advisory report on the feedback received.
The report of the consultation can be found at the following address: Website of the Ministry of Health.
In Northern Ireland, the regulation of pharmacy technicians is moving forward
SourceIn Northern Ireland, the regulation of pharmacy technicians is moving forward