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PCP to strictly monitor pharmacy institutions.

ISLAMABAD -- Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP) has decided to strictly monitor institutions imparting pharmacy education in the country.

The decision was made in the PCP meeting, chaired by President of the Council and Director General, Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Dr Asad Hafeez.

The meeting also decided revision of curriculum of pharmacy education in line with the current international standards, drafting roadmap to build the professional status of pharmacists and the amendment in Pharmacy Act 1967.

The Council approved five universities for conducting Pharm. D Program and 18 institutes of Pharmacy Technician.

The Council deferred five universities for Pharm. D Program and seven colleges for Pharmacy Technician Program.

The Council also approved pre-inspection and inspection proformas for Pharm. D and Post Graduate Program which will be adopted for inspections of Pharmacy Institutes.

The meeting was informed that PCP is the regulatory body established under Pharmacy Act 1967 to regulate pharmacy practice and education by Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

The mandate of Pharmacy Council is to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public who use pharmaceutical services in Pakistan.

Addressing the participants, Minister for National Health Services,

Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar said that her fullest support was available for the uplifting of Pharmacy profession and ensuring quality education in Pakistan.

She expressed the desire that a pool of inspectors might be developed

by the Council with the mandate of inspection of Pharmacy institutes in the radius of Pakistan which would automatically stop the mushroom growth of the pharmacy schools and also raised the quality of education.

She said that the Council members had a great responsibility to regulate the education system in Pharmacy to produce high quality professionals.

She acknowledged the Council for their efforts to ensure transparency

in their visits of the Pharmacy institutes by the adoption of approved inspection proforma which was in line with the international standards.

President PCP, Asad Hafeez, assured that the Council would use all its means to promote and upgrade the Pharmacy education in the country.

He reiterated that the Council members would work with full commitment

to enhance the capacity building of the Pharmacists who had to play an important role in this life saving profession.

The meeting was attended by Dr A.Q Javed Iqbal, Prof Dr AN Akbar

Siyal, Prof Dr Mohammad Saeed, Prof Dr Azhar Hussain, Prof Dr Naveed Akhtar, Dr Nisar Ahmed, Ayaz Gul Kiani, Dr Obaid Ullah, Tanveer Ahmed Siddiqui, Dr Zaka Ur Rehman, Mohammad Ibrahim and AN Ahmad Agha.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 29, 2017
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