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Professional self-government

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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.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is an office of government administration serving the Minister of Health.

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