Overview of member country’s Pharmacy Technician Association, current activities
Founded in 1997 the National Association of Hospital Pharmacy Technicians of Ireland, formerly known as 'National Association of Hospital Pharmaceutical Technicians', is the national voluntary association seeking to both ensure and continually improve upon professional, educational and practice standards for Hospital Pharmacy Technicians.
NAHPT promotes the professionalism of Pharmacy Technicians by means of communication and strategic alliances with other pharmacy stakeholders.
Short introduction of structure of the pharmacies
Irish pharmacy staff play a vital role in both the primary and secondary healthcare system by delivering a quality, accessible, personal and professional service that puts the patient first.
There are over 1,600 community pharmacies in the Republic of Ireland and over 53 acute hospitals with pharmacies providing services to public and private healthcare patients.
Medicines management is the central focus of all tasks undertaken by the pharmacy department. This includes every aspect of the medicines use process from procurement to dispensing and supply, prescribing, administration, monitoring and review. Hospital pharmaceutical services have developed such that they are now an integral part of each of these steps.
Professions in the pharmacy
Education and training of PT
Payment and working conditions
Recognition of foreign PT qualifications, link to recognition
As we are not regulated at this time we have no governing body or resources to map foreign PT qualifications against the eligibility criteria for pharmacy technician posts in Ireland.
It would be therefore up to the individual employer to assess qualification and decide it the qualification is acceptable.
Link to chambers, professional institutions, registration office
The pharmaceutical society of Ireland is the regulator of pharmacy in Ireland