Pharmaceutical Society announces 2016 registration procedure
President of PSN, Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, in a press statement, said this is particularly key to achieving a faster pace of licensure of practitioners and pharmacy facilities to ensure that the tenets of Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) are entrenched for consumers of health in Nigeria.
Yakasai noted: “In 2016 the procedures will entail that all pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies fulfill the protocols of regularizing their membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) following which they would be issued Clearance Certificates by the respective state branches.
“The Clearance Certificates will subsequently be used to obtain the statutory forms B and J at the state/zonal offices of the PCN by all players.
“After proper filling of these forms, such must be submitted at the same state/zonal offices of the PCN where they were originally collected.
It is imperative to continue to stress the statutory/legal imperatives of the relevant pharmacy laws which include the proviso in part II section 4(1) and (2) which states inter-alia.
“4(1) A selling dispenser shall in the month of January in each year sent to the Registrar a list of all the premises (form B) where his business, so far as it comprises the sale of drugs is being carried on and the name of the selling dispenser or chemists having the personal control (form J) of the business on each premise.
“4(2) A selling dispenser or chemist who fails to comply with the provisions of this section is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction in respect of each offence.”
The PSN President said pharmacists in all cadres of practice are enjoined to immediately pay their practicing fees in view of section (14(1) of the PCN Act which provides that “No registered person shall practice as a pharmacist in any year unless he has paid to the Council in respect of that year, the appropriate practicing fee which shall be due every January.
“It is important to inform members of the PSN that after due consultation with the PSN NEC, the PCN has taken a bold decision to invoke the provisions of section 14(6) of the PCN Act which posits that “any pharmacist who in respect of any year without paying the practicing fee practices as such is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction.”
He said the National Secretariat of the PSN will continue to evaluate the registration procedure in all states to ensure that the consuming public has access to good quality and registered pharmacy facilities in 2016.
Yakasai solicited the maximum cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure the success of this arrangement in the ultimate professional and public interest.