Since the country is facing an unprecedented situation because of COVID-19 and the people need to stay at home to prevent the spread of the disease, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has decided to extend the date of renewal of registration that expires imminently or has expired within the last six months period up to September 30 this year.
The council’s decision is to help pharmacists avoid their travel to each state pharmacy council (SPC) for renewal or complete the registration with documents that may cause health hazards. Further, it is learnt that the PCI’s decision will help the working Indian pharmacists in healthcare centres and in other pharmacies in the international level.
PCI has issued one circular as COVID Advisory to all SPCs in this regard which says that the verification for such registrations can be done at a later stage. The state pharmacy councils must share the details of such registrations to the PCI through online system. PCI hopes that this will help the pharmacists in carrying out their responsibilities effectively and efficiently during this crucial period.
The SPCs are advised that they must receive the applications only through online system and the fee for registrations should be charged on digital mode. The state councils should not ask the pharmacists to be present in the council office in-person, but they can do the verification through video calls if necessary.
As regards pharmacists working abroad, for completing their registration process or for renewal, the SPCs should provide maximum online support to them by considering the present situation. The SPCs can register their certificates or renew their registrations through online verification, but should not withhold the process of registering their certificates because registration with mother country’s pharmacy regulatory body is a pre-requisite condition to work in foreign countries for all the pharmacists migrated to each country from India, says the advisory of the PCI.
All the state councils have been advised to appeal to their registered pharmacists to offer their services to the society by way of counseling on the importance of hygiene/hand-santization, social distancing and restricted movement.