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Message from the President

We are delighted to announce, that this issue of Pharmaciae (Vol. 11, Issue 1), is the first one issued by the Council collective constituted for the 2024-2028 term of office. In this edition, we introduce the new Council and provide concise yet informative articles that seek to update the profession on Council decisions, its work and other matters relating...

Message from the Registrar

As the pharmacy profession welcomes a newly constituted 25-member Council collective, the Office of the Registrar has geared itself towards supporting Council achieve its five-year strategic plan. Mr Vincent Tlala, the Registrar/CEO of the South African Pharmacy Council, briefly takes stock of the path ahead in article.

Council Decisions

This article presents a summary of selected matters discussed and decisions taken by the South African Pharmacy Council (hereafter “Council”) during its meetings held on 26 and 28 July and 18/19 October 2023. Other matters on the operations of the Office of the Registrar and Council are covered in the articles featured in this issue of the Pharmaciae.

introducing the new Council

Following the conclusion of the 2023 Council Elections, the Honourable Minister of Health appointed further Council members in terms of Section 5(b-e) of the Pharmacy Act, 53 of 1974, and constituted Council accordingly for the 2024-2028 term of office in December 2023.

Fees payable to Council 2024

In December 2022, the Honourable Minister of Health gazetted the Regulations relating to fees payable to the South African Pharmacy Council, which regulations capped fee revisions to the headline inflation at the request of the profession and other stakeholders. Statistics South Africa indicated that the October 2023 headline inflation was 5,9%.

What’s New in Legislation

Legislation having an impact on Pharmacy and the practice environment is continuously updated in response to changing the environment and other factors. We endeavour to include all legislative amendments and new/proposed legislation in each issue of the e-Pharmaciae. This edition looks at the legislation published between January 2023 and August 2023.

Council participates in industry conferences

The South African Pharmacy Council honoured several invitations to attend conferences hosted by the profession since the start of 2023. These conferences presented the SAPC with an opportunity to engage with pharmacists, pharmacy support personnel and other industry stakeholders.

CFI acts against unprofessional conduct

Council robustly guards the public’s right to quality pharmaceutical services, while upholding the good image of the pharmacy profession, by investigating alleged unprofessional conduct by registered persons and bringing disciplinary processes against those found to be endangering public health and/or bringing into disrepute the good name of the pharmacy profession. Regulation 26 of the Regulations relating to the conduct...

Approved Providers and Courses

Members of the public and the profession are advised that, as at April 2024, the below list constitute the only approved providers of pharmacy education and training, and the courses approved/accredited by the South African Pharmacy Council.

registered assessors

The South African Pharmacy Council maintains a register of assessors and moderators of pharmacy education and training in line with the Regulations relating to the registration of persons and maintenance of registers (GNR. 1160/2000). Included is the latest list of Registered Assessors and Moderators as at April 2024.

2024 FIP WORLD CONGRESS IN CAPE TOWN

Pharmacy in South Africa is set to welcome the world in September 2024. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) will be hosting their 82nd World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Cape Town from 1 – 4 September 2024. The theme for this Congress is: Innovating for the Future of Health Care.

Message from the President

In this penultimate issue of the Pharmaciae published under the current Council term, we provide concise yet informative articles that seek to update the profession on Council decisions, its work and other matters relating to Pharmacy.

Message from the Registrar

The last year of the current Council collective is progressing towards a close, and, with it, the remaining of the five-year strategic targets set at the being of the Council term are being realised. Despite the many triumphs, challenges such as litigation against Council programmes such as Pharmacist-Initiated Management Antiretroviral Therapy present themselves. In this article, Mr Vincent Tlala,...

Council Decisions

This article presents a summary of selected matters discussed and decisions taken by the South African Pharmacy Council (‘Council’) during its meetings held on 12/13 October 2022, 15/16 February and 17/18 May 2023. Other matters on the operations of the Office of the Registrar and Council are covered in the articles featured in this issue of the Pharmaciae.

What’s New in Legislation

Legislation having an impact on Pharmacy and the practice environment is continuously updated in response to changing the environment and other factors. We endeavour to include all legislative amendments and new/proposed legislation in each issue of the e-Pharmaciae. This edition looks at the legislation published between January 2023 and August 2023.

APPOINTMENTS, RETIREMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND RESIGNATIONS

The South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) is happy to present to the profession ten (10) newly appointed and promoted employees, who have undergone rigorous selection processes. They bring with them a range of skills, experience and capabilities to help the SAPC fulfil its legislative mandate. In this period, we are also bidding farewell to three (3) colleagues, one of...

Council participates in industry conferences

The South African Pharmacy Council honoured several invitations to attend conferences hosted by the profession since the start of 2023. These conferences presented the SAPC with an opportunity to engage with pharmacists, pharmacy support personnel and other industry stakeholders.

CFI acts against unprofessional conduct

Council robustly guards the public’s right to quality pharmaceutical services, while upholding the good image of the pharmacy profession, by investigating alleged unprofessional conduct by registered persons and bringing disciplinary processes against those found to be endangering public health and/or bringing into disrepute the good name of the pharmacy profession. Regulation 26 of the Regulations relating to the conduct...

Perverse incentives: Code of Conduct (1.6.3)

The Rules relating to the Code of Conduct for Pharmacists and Other Persons Registered in terms of the Pharmacy Act require that a pharmacy professional’s prime concern in the performance of his/her professional duties must be the wellbeing of the patient and other members of the public. This article looks at the requirement for all persons registered with the...

September was Pharmacy Month

Pharmacy Month is observed annually in September to raise awareness of the care and services members of the public may access from pharmacies across communities throughout the country. In 2023, Pharmacy Month was observed under the theme “Pharmacy United in Promoting Healthcare for Patients”; preliminary analysis indicates that Pharmacy Month messages received 192 497 255 impressions across various channels.

2023 Council Election Results

The South African Pharmacy Council is a statutory regulatory body established in terms of the Pharmacy Act, 53 of 1974. The Council exists to regulate the pharmacy profession in South Africa. As per the Act, the Council is made up of 25 members. These members sit for a term of office of five years at a time. The current...

Medicine Misuse: Codeine

Codeine-containing medicines have, in recent years, become a real conundrum for Pharmacy – largely due to increased abuse and misuse, fuelled largely by popular culture and criminal elements operating an illicit market for these and other habit-forming medicines. This article reminds the profession of its responsibility to remain ethical custodians of medicines and the health of the population.

Importance of CPD: 2023 deadline is fast approaching

Each year, registered pharmacists are required to submit at least six (6) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) entries by 31 December. Pharmacists are encouraged to record their CPD activities in areas including but not limited to lessons and skills learnt while practising, and any knowledge retained from journal articles, seminars, workshops and/or training courses. The intention of recording CPD activities...

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