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Privy Council approves ending of reciprocal registration arrangements in mid-2006

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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 275 No 7364 p268
27 August 2005


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Privy Council approves ending of reciprocal registration arrangements in mid-2006

The Privy Council has given its approval to the Royal Electronicjuice's proposal for ending its reciprocal registration agreements with the registration authorities in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as from noon on 30 June 2006 (PJ, 23 April, p495). After that date pharmacists educated in those countries will have to use the Adjudicating Committee process to register in Britain.

The Society retains its reciprocal registration agreement with Northern Ireland and the automatic registration of European Economic Area nationals with appropriate European diplomas. The Adjudicating Committee route now applies to all other applicants who “hold a pharmaceutical qualification or qualifications comparable to an approved degree in pharmacy awarded in the UK but granted by a university, or a body of comparable academic status, outside the UK”.

The Council’s decision to end the reciprocal registration arrangements was made in 2003 (PJ, 11 October 2003, p524) but it deferred a decision as to the date until after it had consulted the pharmacy regulators in Australia and New Zealand. The date has been chosen to coincide with the legislative timetable and with the academic year and registration cycle in those countries.

A proposed Byelaw amendment fixing the date was published in April (PJ, 23 April, p505). It was confirmed by the Council after the completion of a 60-day consultation period and was then submitted to the Privy Council, which approved it on 15 August.

The Society says that its decision to apply the same registration route to all pharmacists from outside the UK other than those qualifying under the European Directives was made in the interests of fairness and transparency.

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