Appointment to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

In accordance with the Government’s recent decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to fill four non-pharmacist vacancies on the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland following the end of terms of office of current Council members on 14 June 2015.

Applications will be accepted up to and including 21st May 2015.


The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), is an independent statutory body established by the Pharmacy Act 2007  (2007 Act), and is the pharmacy regulator in Ireland. The principal function of the PSI is to regulate the profession and practice of pharmacy having regard to the need to protect, maintain and promote the health and safety of the public.

Members appointed to the PSI Council act in the public interest to ensure that the statutory functions are effectively performed. The principal areas of responsibility of the PSI, as per the 2007 Act, include:

  •     Statutory registration of pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants and pharmacies;
  •     Accreditation of educational programmes for the pharmacy profession at different levels, and standards for continued professional development and training;
  •     Quality assurance of standards, and the development of pharmacy practice;
  •     Inspection of pharmacies and enforcement of medicines and pharmacy legislation, including the taking of prosecutions;
  •     Receiving complaints about pharmacists and pharmacies, operating the statutory disciplinary processes and imposing sanctions.

The PSI has responsibility for regulating the professional practice of circa 5,400 pharmacists, 428 pharmaceutical assistants and 1,850 pharmacies.

The PSI is governed by a 21 member Council appointed by the Minister for Health and is accountable to the Minister and to the Oireachtas. The Act specifies membership of the Council to include: pharmacists selected by registered pharmacists; a nominee of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (formerly IMB) and the HSE; a nominee of the Schools of Pharmacy; and nominees of the Minister for Health that provide the relevant expertise, qualifications and interest in contributing to the Council. The Council is accountable to the Minister for Health and to the Oireachtas.

Further information on the work of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland is available on its website at:

Vacancy Details & Legislative Requirements

There are four vacancies to be filled by the Minister for Health under Section 10(3) (c), (d) and (e) of the Act, following the end of terms of office of current Council members on 14 June 2015.

Person Specification

Expressions of interest are sought from candidates who consider they possess relevant and in-depth experience in relation to one or more of the following essential criteria:

  1. A person with extensive experience at senior management or statutory board level in the health sector.
  2. A person with significant experience in a patient advocacy or citizen engagement role.
  3. A person with extensive experience in regulation, compliance, enforcement or corporate governance of a statutory regulatory body.
  4. A person who is a representative of the provision of continuing professional development in relation to pharmacy (experience of continuing professional development in pharmacy or another healthcare profession).

In relation to each of the vacancies, a background or understanding of healthcare regulation, management and/or the healthcare system is considered desirable.  Additionally, persons with legal or audit experience would be considered beneficial.

In accordance with Section 10(3) (e) of the Pharmacy Act 2007 these positions may not be filled by a pharmacist or any person who has ever been registered as a pharmacist.

Term of Appointment

Under the Act and subject to certain conditions, appointments to the Council will be made for a period of 4 years.

How to apply

Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Council member should submit an application via the following link,, together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter.