The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), the pharmacy regulator, has today launched new structures of education and training for pharmacists in Ireland which will oversee their continuing professional development (CPD) as well as implement a new best-practice pharmacist education system. The PSI also announced that it had won a major international pharmaceutical congress for Ireland to take place in 2013.
The Taoiseach said the development was a welcome move towards bringing Irish pharmacy education and training in line with international best practice.
The role of the new Irish Institute of Pharmacy will be to oversee the management and delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists in Ireland, which is now mandatory under The Pharmacy Act 2007, and put in place a quality assurance system around CPD. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has been awarded a four year contract to establish and operate the new Irish Institute of Pharmacy on behalf of the PSI.
The National Forum for Pharmacy Education and Accreditation aims to deliver a five year integrated Masters degree across the three schools of pharmacy in Ireland, producing more clinically focused pharmacists who will be positioned to play a critical role in the delivery of future integrated health care services in Ireland, as well as enhancing their career opportunities in all areas of practice including the pharmaceutical industry.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) congress will be held at the Convention Centre Dublin in 2013 and is set to bring 3,000 delegates to Dublin and is likely to be worth as much as €10 million in revenue to Ireland.
Also speaking at the event in Dublin Castle were Ms.Marian Shanley, Chair of the new National Forum, Professor Eilis McGovern, President of the RCSI, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin , PSI Registrar, Róisín Shortall TD, Minister of State. In attendance.also was FIP Secretary-General and CEO, Ton Hoek.