Introduction of Statutory Regulation of the Pharmacy Technician Workforce in Northern Ireland

Consultation opened on 21 March 2022. Closing date 16 May 2022.


Pharmacy technicians work as part of the pharmacy team to support the delivery of safe, effective and efficient pharmacy services for patients. Their training and expertise enhances the skill mix that is available within teams which supports better patient care and improved capacity in the provision of pharmacy services.
A consultation has been launched today and will run for 8 weeks, closing on 16 May 2022. It seeks views on the proposal to regulate pharmacy technicians in NI and is the first step on a journey to bring forward this new healthcare profession.


Consultation description

For many members of the public, pharmacists and pharmacy staff are among the most accessible of all health care workers. The increasing scope of practice and range of responsibilities of pharmacy technicians as part of the wider pharmacy team, requires a commensurate emphasis on their professional regulation.

This consultation will seek views on establishing pharmacy technicians as a registered and regulated profession in NI and enable the Regulator to strengthen its role in protecting patients and promoting high standards, thereby enhancing the public’s confidence and trust in pharmacy practice.

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The consultation, including full details of the proposals, and how to respond are available on this page.

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