1. Overview of member country’s Pharmacy Technician Association
The Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society has been active since 1950. The Society consists of 12 sections which combine the members according to their professional interests
and 9 branches which combine the members of various regions. The section with the biggest number of members is the Pharmacy Technician Association. More than half of the members of the Slovenian
Pharmaceutical Society are employed in public or hospital pharmacies, about 40 % in pharmaceutical industry and representative offices, wholesale, some of them are also employed in public
administration and in schools.
All members should abide by the Code of Ethics of the Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society based on the moral obligations and moral values.
2. Short introduction of structure of the pharmacies
On the 31st December 2014 there were 24 public pharmacy institutes comprising 182 pharmacies and 42 pharmacy subsidiaries, 88 private pharmacies with 10 subsidiaries
and 2 hospital pharmacies offering public pharmacy services. All together there were 324 pharmacy units carrying out pharmacy activities in Slovenia.
Pharmacists as well as pharmacy technicians work in the pharmacies. Yet only a pharmacist is responsible for the supply of medicines as well as for the management of a pharmacy. In the year 2014 506 pharmacy technicians worked in public pharmacies and 135 in hospital pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians are also employed in pharmaceutical industry, specialized shops, wholesale, representative offices of pharmaceutical factories, and some also in public administration.
3. Education and training of PT
Schooling of a pharmacy technician lasts 4 years. Besides theoretical knowledge instruction, the students are engaged in working practice within the school and in pharmacies (the training lasts 190 hours). The pharmacy technicians who want to work in a pharmacy must accomplish also a 6-mont’s training course in a pharmacy and pass a professional certification exam at the Slovenian Chamber of Pharmacy. A specialized shop can only employ pharmacy technicians with professional certification exam. Only the technicians with the professional certification exam can perform their work independently. The pharmacy technicians working in pharmaceutical industry do not need to pass the certification exam, nonetheless they have to undergo special internal trainings for the work they perform in the factory.
4. Payment and working conditions
Net personal income of a pharmacy technician varies from 600 € to about 1.200 €per month. The working time is 40 hours per week. All social contributions and taxes are paid by the employer on behalf of the employee; the employees also get remuneration for travel and subsistence costs. A 30-nimutes’ meal period is considered as compensable work hours.
Pharmacy technicians in a public pharmacy are entitled to autonomously supply medicinal products to the public, advise about food supplements and cosmetics. They can only supply over the counter drugs under the supervision of a pharmacist who also prepares prescription drugs.
Pharmacy technicians in hospital pharmacies take deliveries and manage storage of drugs and other medicinal products, prepare orders for various hospital wards, participate in preparation of galenical preparations and magistral formulae and perform other administration work.
The most autonomous work of a pharmacy technician is the work in a specialized shop. The technicians can work there and can also manage it alone.
In wholesale pharmacy technicians prepare delivery orders, sort the products, keep inventory of the sent goods.
In representative offices and state agencies a pharmacy technician checks the integrity of applications, keeps records, takes care of reports, archives documents...,
Pharmaceutical industry employs pharmacy technicians in production and to some extent also in laboratories; technicians manage individual production lines and may also head small working groups...
For years the Section of Technicians at the Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society has been struggling to give pharmacy technicians the opportunity to undergo additional training in order to achieve
special recognised knowledge necessary for working in public and hospital pharmacies. This opportunity would motivate the technicians who want to further their careers and specialize in certain work
areas (giving advice about medicinal products, cosmetics, food additives, informatics...)The obtained knowledge would enable them to become a part of pharmacy team as technical assistants who
would together with pharmacists enhance performance and improve pharmacy services.
The endeavour to make the profession of a pharmacy technician a regulated profession has to be continued.
So far the system of mandatory work licences for work in pharmacies has not been introduced in Slovenia - neither for pharmacists nor for pharmacy technicians. The Chamber of Pharmacy has started the activities necessary to institute licences for the pharmacists.
5. Link to chambers, professional institutions, registration office