Why does this survey matter?
The Code of Conduct for Pharmacists is at the core of a pharmacist’s practice. It is a public declaration of the principles and ethical standards that govern all registered pharmacists in the practice of their profession. It not only helps patients and the wider public know what to expect from their pharmacist, but is intended to guide pharmacists to make ethical decisions and use their professional judgement. It is also referred to in legislation (the Pharmacy Act 2007) and can be used in fitness to practise and misconduct proceedings.
Once updated, the new Code will be in effect for a number of years, and will apply to all registered pharmacists. This survey is your chance to have your say on the current Code and to suggest any changes or improvements.
How to take part?
The PSI is seeking your input through their online survey. Alternatively, you may wish to provide your comments by email to email@example.com or by post to Code of Conduct Review, PSI House, 15-19 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD72.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Thursday, 15 June 2017.
Why review the Code?
It is common for professional Codes to be reviewed from time to time to ensure they remain both relevant and fit for purpose. The current Code of Conduct for Pharmacists was published 8 years ago. Since then, pharmacy practice has undergone many changes including the introduction of new legislation and the expansion of pharmacy services including vaccinations and emergency hormonal contraception.
How will your responses be used?
This survey is the first step in the review. After the survey closes the PSI will analyse the responses received and use this feedback to inform the drafting of a revised Code of Conduct. They will also publish a report summarising the survey results alongside feedback from other healthcare and professional organisations and the wider public.
There will be a further opportunity to provide feedback on the revised Code, once it is drafted.