Created for the profession by the profession
SAPC is an independent statutory council which receives no grants or subsidies from government or any other source, but is wholly funded by the registered members of the profession, namely:
- Pharmacy students
- Pharmacist interns
- Pharmacists performing community service
- Specialist pharmacists
- Pharmacist's assistants
- Pharmacy owners
- Responsible pharmacists, and
- Providers and assessors.
To enable the public to have access to pharmacists and pharmacist's assistants, who are competent to practise, a register of such persons is necessary. In this regard the SAPC therefore has two duties to discharge viz -
- to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacist's assistants admitted to the registers of Council are competent; and
- to remove the names of those pharmacists and pharmacist's assistants who are unfit to practise.
The maintenance of a register offers various benefits to those whose names appear in it, these benefits include:
- bestowal of professional status to the pharmacy professional which includes the right to practice his/her profession;
- public recognition on the competent practitioner who is thus able to command a reward for his/her services; and
- creditability in the competency of the pharmacy professional.
What do the registration and annual fees cover?
The fees received by SAPC from registered pharmacy professionals are used to cover the costs of:
- running the SAPC; and
- administering the pharmacy profession in terms of registration, maintaining standards of education and training, and standards of professional practice.
Primary responsibility and structure
The primary responsibility of a statutory health council such as the SAPC is to assist in the promotion of the health of the population of South Africa. This is mainly achieved in the fields of registration, education, practice and professional conduct.