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Chapter: Forensic Pharmacy : The Pharmacy Act, 1948

On 91h March, 1949, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) was constituted to fulfil the objectives of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 by way of:

Pharmacy Council of India

On 91h March, 1949, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) was constituted to fulfil the objectives of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 by way of:

(i) Prescribing the minimum standard of education required for qualifying as a pharmacist i.e., framing of Education Regulations prescribing the conditions to be fulfilled by the institutions seeking approval of the PCI for imparting education in Pharmacy.

(ii) Ensuring uniform implementation of the educational standards throughout the country.

(iii) Approving the courses of study and examination for pharmacists i.e., approval of the academic training institutions providing pharmacy courses.

(iv) Withdrawing approval, if the course of study does not continue to be in conformity with the educational standards prescribed by the PCI.

(v) Approving qualifications granted outside the territories to which the Pharmacy Act, 1948 extends i.e., the approval of foreign qualification.

(vi) Maintaining Central Register of Pharmacists.

The composition ofC8ntrai Council of PC I is given in Table 4.1.

Table 4.1 Composition Central Council of of PCI

The Central Council of PC I elects the President, Vice-President and five members of the Executive Committee (EC) from amongst its members by election conducted in accordance with the norms laid down in the Pharmacy Act. Any dispute arising out of the election of Executive Committee of PCI is referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, whose decision shall be final.

The President or in his absence Vice-President chairs the meetings of the Central Council and the Executive Committee. The Central Council meets at least once in a year whereas, the Executive Committee meets more frequently depending on the quantum of work usually, 4 times in a year. The term of the President, Vice-President and the Council Members is for 5 years unless otherwise, re-elected or renominated, as the case may be. Ex-officio members of PC I hold their membership by virtue of their designation and cease to be the members on retirement or replacement. The Director General of Health Services, Government of India and the Drugs Controller General of India may send their nominees in writing for attending a specific meeting in case they are unable to attend the meeting.

Any member of the Central Council or Executive Committee who remains absent continuously for 3 meetings without intimation or without any valid reason is eligible to be disqualified as a member of the Council.

The Council appoints the Secretary or Registrar of PCI, who can also act as Treasurer. The Council appoints the other staff including Deputy Secretary or Assistant Secretaries to run the office.

The Central Council elects Chairmen of Education Regulations, Professional Pharmacy and Law Committees. The President and Vice-President of PCI are Ex-officio members of these sub-committees.

The Council is a corporate body, a statutory organization which can sue or be sued. The Council can hold movable and immovable property and maintain accounts and registers. The minutes of the meetings of Central Council are required to be sent to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and all the decisions of the approval or otherwise of the institutions or colleges are published in the Official Gazette.

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