The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Health and F.W., Government of India. It is constituted under the Pharmacy Act, 1948 to regulate pharmacy education & practice of profession in the country. State Pharmacy Councils (SPCs) are constituted u/s 19 of the Pharmacy Act and are responsible for registration of pharmacist u/s 32(2) of the Pharmacy Act.
In order to have better coordination, integration and harmonization between the PCI and SPCs for effective regulation of the practice of pharmacy in the country, a meeting of the PCI with SPCs/Registration Tribunals was held on 15.4.2013.
The various issues discussed during the meeting were -
ï‚· The online Central Registration/Live register.
ï‚· Digitalization of the record by the SPCs.
ï‚· Involvement of the pharmacist in the various National Health Schemes of Govt. of India.
ï‚· Pharmacy professionals entering teaching / industry to register with SPCs.
ï‚· Strict implementation of section 42 of the Pharmacy Act vis-a-vis appointment of inspectors u/s 26A.
ï‚· Fixation of minimum wages for pharmacists.
ï‚· Deletion of obsolete Sections from the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
ï‚· Abolition of Registration Tribunal and constitution of the SPCs.
ï‚· Establishment of Drug Information Centre by the SPCs.
ï‚· NOC by SPCs in time bound manner for transfer / migration of registration.
ï‚· Functioning of SPCs.
ï‚· Creation of separate Directorate of Pharmacy Education in States.
ï‚· Dispensing of medicines by registered persons only in Govt. hospitals/institutions.
ï‚· Registration of Foreign Nationals vis-a-vis admission to Higher Pharmacy Qualification.
ï‚· Uniform fees for registration/renewal/entry of additional qualification.
ï‚· CEP for pharmacists.
The PCI has decided to hold this integration on annual basis to address the various issues concerning registration of pharmacist and practice of profession under the Pharmacy Act.*Photo Gallery
The USP delegation consisting of following officials visited Council's office on 9.2.2009 -