What is Pharmacy Council of India?
The Pharmacy Council of India is a statutory body constituted under the Pharmacy Act 1948, a Central Act passed by the Parliament to govern the profession and practice of pharmacy in India. All students eager to make career in Pharmacy for the intention of registration as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948 should first assure that the Pharmacy colleges in Delhi NCR, which they want to get admission has been approved by the Pharmacy Council of India New Delhi for running of the Pharma courses and approved u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948. The list of PCI Approved pharma colleges is available on the official website of the Pharmacy Council of India www.pci.nic.in.
Why do the Institutions require PCI approval?
A number of Pharmacy Institutions are active in India without having / obtaining approval from the Pharmacy Council India New Delhi. The Degrees, Diplomas acquired by pharma students from Non recognized pharmacy institutions and are not approved by the Pharmacy Council New Delhi, will not allow such pharma students to register themselves as Pharmacists under Pharmacy Act 1948 with the PCI New Delhi. The recognized pharmacy qualifications for registration as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1948 are;
It is the responsibility of the Best pharmacy colleges in Delhi to get the year wise approval from the Pharmacy Council of India, u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act, before the first batch of pharma students passes out from the Best pharmacy colleges in Delhi NCR.
The Pharmacy education and profession in India upto graduate level is regulated by the PCI New Delhi, a statutory body governed by the provisions of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 passed by the Parliament.
- The Pharmacy Act 1948 was enacted on 4.3.48 with the following preamble- "An Act to regulate the profession of pharmacy. Whereas it is expedient to make better provision for the regulation of the profession and practice of pharmacy and for that purpose to constitute Pharmacy Councils".
- The PCI New Delhi was constituted on 9.8.49 under section 3 of the Pharmacy Act 1948.
FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
- Regulation of the Pharmacy Education in the Country for the purpose of registration as a pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1948.
- Regulation of Profession and Practice of Pharmacy.
- To prescribe minimum standard of education required for qualifying as a pharmacist. (Ref.: section 10 of the Pharmacy Act)
- Framing of Education Regulations prescribing the conditions to be fulfilled by the institutions seeking approval of the PCI New Delhi for imparting education in pharmacy. (Ref.: section 10 of the Pharmacy Act)
- To ensure uniform implementation of the educational standards through out the country. (Ref. : section 10 of the Pharmacy Act)
- Inspection of Pharmacy Institutions seeking approval under the Pharmacy Act to verify availability of the prescribed norms. (Ref.: section 16 of the Pharmacy Act)
- To approve the course of study and examination for pharmacists i.e. approval of the academic training institutions providing pharmacy courses. (Ref. : section 12 of the Pharmacy Act)
- To withdraw approval, if the approved course of study or an approved examination does not continue to be in conformity with the educational standards prescribed by the PCI. (Ref.: section 13 of the Pharmacy Act)
- To approve qualifications granted outside the territories to which the Pharmacy Act extends i.e. the approval of foreign qualification. (Ref. : section 14 of the Pharmacy Act)
- To maintain Central Register of Pharmacists. (Ref. : section 15 A of the Pharmacy Act)