The legal basis for the functioning of the self-government of pharmacists is the Act of 19 April 1991 on pharmaceutical chambers.
The self-government includes all pharmacists who are entered in the relevant registers of pharmacists.
The self-government is independent and subject only to the Act.
The self-government of pharmacists consists of: The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber and regional pharmaceutical chambers.
The basic tasks of the self-government of pharmacists include:
- custody and supervision over the practice of the profession;
- representing the pharmaceutical profession and protecting its interests;
- preserving the dignity and independence of the profession;
- codifying, promoting and guarding the principles of ethics and professional deontology;
- integrating the professional circles;
- taking a stance in all matters associated with health care organisation and management of medicinal products.
The self-government of pharmacists performs its tasks by:
- recognising the right to practise the profession of a pharmacist;
- keeping of the register of pharmacists;
- cooperation in matters of professional specialisation;
- expressing opinion on draft legislations concerning medicinal products, pharmacies and the practice of the profession as well as submitting applications for legislative initiatives;
- expressing opinions in matters associated with granting or withdrawing permits for running pharmacies or wholesale stores;
- delivering opinions and presenting conclusions in matters of pre-and postgraduate education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians;
- conducting research concerning pharmaceutical services and the practice of the profession of a pharmacist;
- protecting the interests of individual and collective members of pharmaceutical chambers;
- execution of amiable and disciplinary jurisdiction with regard to the professional liability of pharmacists.