State Board Vacancies – Appointment to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Information Note

Appointment to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Information Note

In accordance with the Government’s decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to the position of member of the Council of Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI).

The term of office of 5 Council members (non pharmacist) appointed by the Minister under Section 10(3) (d) and (e) of the Pharmacy Act 2007 terminates on the 21st May 2013. Council members are appointed in a non-executive capacity.

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

The PSI is an independent statutory body, established by the Pharmacy Act 2007 (the Act) (Pharmacy_Act_2007)

It is charged with, and is accountable for, the effective regulation of pharmacy services in Ireland, including responsibility for supervising compliance with the Act.

The PSI regulates the professional practice of approximately 5,000 pharmacists, 500 pharmaceutical assistants and 1,790 pharmacies. The main role of the PSI includes:

  • Statutory registration of pharmacists and pharmacies;
  • Accreditation of educational programmes for the pharmacy profession at different levels;
  • Quality assurance of standards, and the development of pharmacy practice;
  • Inspection and enforcement, including the taking of prosecutions;
  • Handling complaints and disciplinary matters, including the imposition of sanctions.

Membership of the Council of the PSI

Details of the appointment

The PSI is governed by a 21 member Council established under Section 10 (1 to 7) of the Act, with a non-pharmacist majority, appointed by the Minister for Health. The primary role of the PSI Council is the protection of the public interest through the effective regulation of the profession and practice of pharmacy. The term of office of Council members is four years. The Act provides for the expiry of the term of office of one half of members of the Council every two years.

Under the Act the Council of the PSI must hold 4 meetings in each 12 months and may hold such other meetings as are necessary for the performance of its functions. In 2012 the Council met 11 times. In addition, Council members will be required to sit on Advisory Committees of the PSI Council (maximum of 6 meetings per year).

Council members are entitled to remuneration of €7,695 per annum and to claim travel and subsistence allowances in accordance with approved public sector rates. It should be noted however, that under revised Department of Finance arrangements, it is now a requirement that public servants:

  • who sit on state boards in an ex officio capacity or on behalf of their parent Department/organisation or
  • who may be nominated to such board positions independently of their public service employment

should not be paid remuneration in the form of board fees when serving in such a representational capacity. It should also be noted that Council members may voluntarily waive their right to any remuneration.

Council members are required to devote as much time to duties on the Council as is necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties, and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. (Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies)

The type of person required

Persons applying for these positions should note the following criteria:

  1. the person holds such qualifications, expertise, interests or experience (or such combination of any of them) as would, in the opinion of the Minister, enable them to make a substantial contribution to the performance of the Society’s functions, and
  2. the person is not and never has been registered as a pharmacist, pharmaceutical chemist, dispensing chemist and druggist either in Ireland or any other country.

The ideal person will also have excellent interpersonal skills; a knowledge of good corporate governance; experience at senior management or board level; be able to think strategically and creatively; be impartial and consider issues objectively; be financially literate; and be committed to the highest standards of integrity and governance.

How to apply

Interested applicants should register an Expression of Interest through the Public Appointments Service at Applicants who have not previously registered with the Public Appointments Service will be required to register to apply for the post.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

  • Registering with (if not already registered)
  • Downloading and completing a short PDF based questionnaire
  • Completing an online application form
  • Attaching the completed PDF questionnaire
  • Attaching combined CV and cover letter

By submitting an expression of interest the applicant accepts that appointments are made in the exercise of a statutory discretion, that the Minister is not obliged to consider the expressions of interest offered, that he is not confined to recommending an appointment from amongst those who have expressed an interest and is not bound by any statement set out in the notice. Applicants should also set out clearly any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise should they be appointed to the Council. Applications will be accepted up to and includingThursday 18th April 2013.

Results will be posted on this website. We will treat all applications /expressions of interest confidentially and information will only be given to the appropriate personnel.

Further information

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