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Monitoring Report - PSNI 2021/22

16 Mar 2023
  • Performance Reviews
  • 2022

Key facts & figures:

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regulates the practice of pharmacists and also registers pharmacy premises in Northern Ireland
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2,962 pharmacy professionals on the register; 554 pharmacies (as at 31 December 2022)
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£398 annual fee for registration (£155 for pharmacies)

Standards of good regulation met:

Total standards met:

18 out of 18

General standards:

5 out of 5

Guidance & Standards:

2 out of 2

Education & Training:

2 out of 2


4 out of 4

Fitness to Practise:

5 out of 5


  • We are pleased to report that the PSNI met all the Standards this year. It took action to address most of the concerns we reported last year about its fitness to practise process and it continued to progress investigations in a timely manner, with no concerns identified about the quality of its investigations.
  • The PSNI improved the transparency and accessibility of its work by publishing more information on its website, including the findings of its annual equality and diversity survey of registrants. It also used new ways to publicise the survey.
  • The PSNI continued implementing the education reforms for pharmacists. This was the first year of the new Foundation Training Year (FTY) and the Common Registration Assessment (CRA). We had no concerns about the implementation of the FTY. A small number of candidates sitting the CRA in June 2022 experienced delays but two other sittings took place during the review period without incident. We will continue to monitor the CRA to ensure it operates effectively.
  • We also urge the PSNI to re-consider its decisions not to collect diversity data about its Council members and not to publish its interpretation of its Statutory Committee powers to extend Conditions of Practice Orders at review hearings.


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