South African Pharmacy Council
Guidelines for registration of persons who hold a bachelor of pharmacy degree, as pharmacist’s assistant post-basic have been drawn up.
According to the South African Pharmacy Council, the Guidelines were drafted in terms of the Pharmacy Act’s Regulations relating to the Registration of Persons and the Maintenance of Registers.
Published in Government Gazette 43934, the Guidelines apply to persons who have obtained their Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, either in or outside South Africa and have requested to practice the scope of practice of a pharmacist’s assistant (post-basic).
Pharmacist’s assistants practice under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist in a pharmacy.
The Guidelines also focus on persons who have completed their Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in South Africa but are not able to find employment as pharmacist interns and persons who have completed their Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in South Africa but choose to delay progression and registration as a pharmacist intern.
Meanwhile, in Board Notice 139, the South African Pharmacy Council published amendments to Annexure A of the Rules Relating to Good Pharmacy Practice for comment.
Amendments are proposed to Rule 1.2.2 Minimum Standard for another business or practice in a pharmacy or a pharmacy in another business.
A new Rule 1.2.2 on another business or practice in a pharmacy or a pharmacy in another business is proposed.
The Rule proposes that where a pharmacy is situated within another business which is not a hospital or other health establishment, the location of the pharmacy within another business shall take into consideration the accessibility of pharmaceutical services; security aspects relating to the acquisition, storing and supplying of medicines; risk relating to patients, particularly in terms of patients’ confidentiality and the rights to privacy; quality, safety and efficacy of medicines is not compromised; and pharmacy as a health establishment is not compromised.
The pharmacy premises also needs to be clearly identified, permanent and visibly demarcated from the premises of any other business.
Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.