Pharmacy Council of India
The Pharmacy Council of India is a statutory body constituted under the Pharmacy Act, 1948. The Council was first constituted on 09th March, 1948 and has a proud and glorious history of 63 years of professional leadership. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. It consists of the members from difference constituencies representing the pharmacy professionals like teachers, regulators etc. from:
- University Grant Commission;
- Central Government ;
- Medical Council of India;
- Director General of Health Services;
- Drugs Controller General (India);
- Director of Central Drug Laboratory;
- All India Council for Technical Education;
- State Pharmacy Councils;
- State Governments and Union Territories.
The Pharmacy Council of India is established for the purpose of regulating the profession and practice of pharmacy in the country. The main activities of the Council relate to the laying of minimum standards of education required for qualification as a pharmacist and the approval of the courses of study and examinations. The Council is also empowered to approve the qualifications granted by foreign countries on reciprocal basis provided that such qualification guarantees the requisite skill and knowledge to its satisfaction. In addition, the Council also maintains a Central Register which contains the names of all persons registered with the State Pharmacy Councils/ Registration Tribunals.
Links to the health workforce crisis
The Council is working with a mission to optimize health of all members of society through the promotion of safe, effective and rational medicine use, patient counselling and monitoring of disease management through pharmaceutical care. The mission is fundamental and is the reference point to promote the highest professional and ethical standards of pharmacy, focus the image of pharmacist as competent health care professional, sensitize the community, government and others on vital professional issues and support pharmaceutical education and sciences in all aspects. The vision of the Council is enumerated below:
- In the year 2020, pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists working within various disciplines of pharmacy will be established and recognized as the medicines expert and expert in health promotion and disease prevention.
- The pharmacist will interact with other professionals as the preferred source of information and advice on prescribing and medicine management of disease.
- The pharmacists will develop their pharmaceutical expertise and facilities in order to deliver high-tech and individually-tailored medicines in the primary care setting.
- The pharmacists will actively involve in the national health programmes like promotion of essential medicines, primary health care, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, tobacco use or family planning.
- The pharmacists will become knowledgeable to participate in medication management and outcome monitoring, including the ability to alter doses and change medicines with agreed therapeutic protocols.