For Professionals

Requirements and conditions for the evaluation of alternative models for the delivery of chronic medication to patients


The Office of the Registrar has been approached by various stakeholders presenting various business models for the delivery of medicines to patients. In the absence of the standard, the office was unable to advice. In February 2017 Council approved a document titled ‘Requirements and conditions for the evaluation of alternative models for the delivery of chronic medication to patients’.

The Requirements and conditions for the evaluation of alternative models for the delivery of chronic medication to patients are accessible on this link. 

Changes affecting learners, students, interns and community service pharmacists AND the reprinting of expired registration cards


Effective from January 2016, Council will no longer print letters and certificates for students, learners, interns, trainees and community service pharmacists. Only students will be issued with a registration card, which is renewable every two years. Learners, interns, trainees and community service pharmacists will not be issued with registration cards. Full article available on the link: http://pharmaciae.org.za/2016-changes-affecting-learners-students-interns-and-community-service-pharmacists-and-the-reprinting-of-expired-registration-cards/

 

News Archive

Request for comment on the standard treatment guidelines and essential medicines list (Chapters 3,5,8,15 and 17) for primary health level of care (2016-2018)

The ministerially appointed National Essential Medicines List (EML) Committee has reviewed the following chapter of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List for Primary Health level of care:
  • Chapter 3: Blood and nutritional conditions
  • Chapter 5: Skin conditions
  • Chapter 8: Kidney and urological disorders
  • Chapter 15: Central nervous system conditions
  • Chapter 17: Respiratory conditions
The link for the chapters is: http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/standard-treatment-guidelines-and-essential-medicines-list

The Primary Health Level Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List are aimed for use by doctors and nurse prescribers providing care at primary healthcare facilities to provide access to essential medicines to manage common conditions at this level.

Kindly circulate the request to relevant healthcare professionals at your institutions for comment. Constructive comment with regard to the identification of gross errors, particularly diagnosis and treatment, will be appreciated. A short motivation to be included, to substantiate any comment made.

Where an alternative medicine is recommended, this should be supported by appropriate evidence. Attached is the guideline for the Motivation of a New Medicine on the National Essential Medicines List.

It would be appreciated if comments can be received by 1 August 2017.

Comments may be submitted via fax, e-mail or by post to:

Trudy Leong
Tel: 012 395 8287
Fax to e-mail: 0862484875
E-mail: leongt@health.gov.za
Essential Drugs Programme
Private Bag X828
PRETORIA
0001


23 January 2017

Dear Prospective CSP

Kindly note that the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) is aware that some interns who have complied with the requirements for internship (prospective CSPs) are experiencing difficulties with regard to community service placements (CSP). As you are aware, these placements are the mandate of the National Department of Health (NDoH). However, SAPC is in communication with the NDoH regarding the CSP placements and the registration process. Click here for more information

 2 June 2016


The Essential Drugs Programme, National Department of Health calls for nomination of suitably qualified individuals for appointment to:  

  • The Adult Hospital Level Expert Review Committee to review the Adult Hospital Level Essential Medicines List.

  • The Tertiary and Quaternary Expert Review Committee to review the Tertiary and Quaternary Level Essential Medicines List.

 

Please find below the:

 

Notice of Application

Electronic Application Form

Declaration of Interest Document

 

The notice of application, electronic application form and Declaration of Interest document can also be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/component/phocadownload/category/290 

 

How to apply:

 

  1. Complete the Electronic Application Form,

  2. Once the form is electronically completed, go to 'File' and then "Save As'. (Do not use the 'Sign and Save' or 'Fill and Sign/Save' function on the form)

  3. Print and sign a copy of: a) The completed Application Form; b) The Declaration of Interest document.

  4. Email the following documents to SAEDP@health.gov.za by 17 June 2016: a) The Electronic Application Form; b) The printed and signed version of the Application form; c) The printed and signed Declaration of Interest document.

For queries contact: 

 

25 April 2016

 

Dear Pharmacist               

 

SUPPLY OF SCHEDULE 1 AND 2 MEDICINE BY PHARMACIST WITH A PRIMARY CARE DRUG THERAPY (PCDT) PERMIT

 

It has come to the attention of Council that there is confusion around the right to supply schedule 1 and 2 by pharmacists with the PCDT permit.

 

Please be informed that it is within the scope of practice of a pharmacist in accordance with the provisions of the Pharmacy Act, 53 of 1974 and Medicines Act to supply schedule 1 and 2 medicines.

 

2016 PCDT LIST - ALIGNED TO PHC STGsAND EML

 

In addition to the scope of practice of a pharmacist, a pharmacist with the PCDT qualification and a section 22A (15) permit issued by the Director General of Health, is permitted to diagnose, treat and supply medicines following the Primary Health Care Standard Treatment Guidelines and the list of approved medicines. Follow the link to download the mobile applicationfor the Standard Treatment Guidelines (STGs) and Essential Medicines List (EML) for Primary Health Care (PHC) Level.

 

Follow the link to download the PCDT list of approved medicines and conditions.

 

TA Masango

Registrar/CEO

 

12 February 2016

 

 

Council invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for inspectors’ positions for the purpose of conducting pharmacy inspections in the various categories of pharmacy (community, institutional, manufacturing and wholesale). The positions are available in the following areas: Eastern Cape - East London and Port Elizabeth (one position each), and Gauteng - Soweto (one position) before/on 26 February 2016. (Read more)

 

 

9 February 2016

 

 Call for Nominations for the National Ministerial Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance by 21 Feb 2016

 

The National Department of Health requests nomination from suitably qualified individuals for appointment to the National Ministerial Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance.

 

The Notice of Nomination, Committee Application and Declaration of Interest Forms can be accessed as follows: 

  • Go to www.health.gov.za;

  • Click on “Essential Drugs Programme Committee Application Forms”.

 

You are requested to submit the following documents:

 

1. Electronic PDF application form:

  •  We do not accept scanned copies of the application form. We require electronically submitted documents for extraction into our database.
  • Once the form is completed/filled in, go to 'File' and then "Save As'. Do not use the 'Sign and Save' or 'Fill and Sign/Save' function on the form. The pop-up does appear on some forms for the applicant to do the latter - this is incorrect.

2. Print, sign, and email the LAST PAGE ONLY of the application form if you have not included an electronic signature.

3. Print, sign and email the declaration of interest form.

Submit completed forms to LancaR@health.gov.za or SAEDP@health.gov.za by 21 February 2016.

 

For any queries please contact:

Tel: 012 395 9756 (Ruth Lancaster) or 012 395 8449 (Janine Jugathpal)

 

You are kindly requested to distribute and communicate this information to relevant individuals.

 

27 January 2016

 

Applications for recruitment of potential candidates to serve as members of the ministerial recommendatory committee (the pricing committee) are invited by 29 April 2016 Read more

 

The Pricing Committee (PC) is constituted as a recommendatory committee to the Minister of Health on medicine pricing matters in terms of Section 22G of the Medicines Act, 1965 (Act 101 of 1965), as amended.

 

Suitable and interested candidates should forward their comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) and completed application form. The application form is available on this website (www.mpr.gov.za). Applications must be submitted to: The Director-General: c/o The Director: Pharmaceutical Economic Evaluations, Private Bag X828, PRETORIA, 0001. Enquiries may be directed to Ms N Mpanza at (012) 395 8209 or via e-mail at MpanzM@health.gov.za

CLOSING DATE: 29 APRIL 2016 

Read more

 

22 December 2015 

 

The National Department of Health calls for applications from suitably qualified doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals for appointment to the Expert Review Committee for the Primary Health Care Level Essential Medicines List.

 

The Notice of Nomination and Application Form can be accessed as follows: 

 

  • Go to www.health.gov.za;

  • Click on “Essential Drugs Programme Committee Application Forms”;

  • Download the “Notice of Application”;

  • Download and complete the forms “Essential Drugs Programme Committee Application” and “Declaration of Interest”;

  • Submit completed forms to Munsaj@health.gov.za or SAEDP@health.gov.za by 10 February 2016.

  

For any queries contact: Tel: 012 395 8449 (Dr Janine Jugathpal) or 012 395 8287 (Ms Trudy Leong)

 

You are kindly requested to distribute and communicate this information to relevant individuals. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

 

 

16 – 22 November 2015

 

 

Pharmacists action against antibiotic resistance_FIP Read more

 

 

Pharmacist – Be part of the first WORLD ANTIOBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK running from 16 – 22 November 2015 with the theme: Handle antibiotics with care.

 

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today. It is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining many advances in health and medicine.

 

For more information on the campaign and how you can get involved, click here:

 

For more information on antibiotic stewardship and what the pharmacist should consider, click here

 

12 November 2015

 

Please follow the link to read the Government Gazette published on Friday 6 November 2015 pertaining to the proposed Criteria for issuing of licences for pharmacy premises.

 

Kindly note that the deadline for comment is Monday 21 December 2015.

 

 

10 September 2015

 

 

International statements for hospital pharmacy revised - Read more

 

 

 

20 August 2015

 

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) Update 

Guidelines for pharmacists

 

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) recognises that pharmacies are often the first point of call for people with health concerns. Concise information to assist pharmacists in understanding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and preventing its spread has been compiled. 

 

Please follow the links below for some of this useful information:

 

Ebola Virus Disease - Transmission

Ebola Virus Disease - Infection Control

Ebola Virus Disease - Patient Screening and Referral

Ebola Virus Disease – What can pharmacists do about it?

 

Best wishes

 

Mano Chetty

President SAPC

 

 

22 July 2015

 

ISSUING OF THE PRIMARY CARE DRUG THERAPY (PCDT) PERMITS IN TERMS OF SECTION 22(A)15 OF THE MEDICINE AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT Read more.

 

 

22 May 2015

 

Extension to offer qualifications for pharmacists’ assistants is granted until 30 June 2018

 

News just released is that aspiring persons wanting to register as pharmacist’s assistants still have until 30 June 2018 to do so. The teach-out period, as a result, will end in June 2021. The extension also applies to learners currently registered for the qualification. 

 

To accommodate the implementation of the new qualifications for mid-level workers, Council requested and obtained permission from the Quality Council for Trades and Occupation (QCTO) to extend the date of enrolment of new, prospective learners and existing learners for the basic and post-basic pharmacist’s assistant qualifications to 30 June 2018. The learners will have until 30 June 2021 to complete their studies. 

 

NB:  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COUNCIL DECISION STILL HOLDS, THAT IS, ONCE A LEARNER REGISTERS FOR THE QUALIFICATION, LEARNING MUST BE COMPLETED IN 30 MONTHS 

 

The new expiry date has also been extended to include those who are already registered for the qualification. Upcoming students who want to enrol for the pharmacist’s assistant qualification are reminded that there are certain requirements they must fulfil before they are accepted. 

 

  • To register and practice the scope of a basic pharmacist’s assistant you are required to complete the National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance qualification.

  • To register and practice the scope of a post-basic pharmacist’s assistant you are required to complete the Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance qualification.

 

These two qualifications were due to expire on 30 June 2015 (National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance) and 30 June 2016 (Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance).

 

The last date of enrolment for the basic or post-basic pharmacist’s assistant qualification with providers and Council is 30 June 2018. Learners who register on or before 30 June 2018, and those who are already registered, must complete the qualification by 30 June 2021.

 

27 February 2015

 

BOARD NOTICE 49 OF 2015 published for comment by 01 JUNE 2015.

 

BOARD NOTICE 50 of 2015 published for implementation.

 

25 February 2015

 

Pharmacists improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health –

Participate in webinars – register for free on http://www.fip.org/Webinar_MNCH

Dear Colleagues,

 

Despite the advances in science and medicine, maternal and child mortality is reported to be increasing 

(read this report).  As pharmcists, we can have a role in reversing this trend.

 

The FIP is holding a series of 4 webinars on ‘Pharmacist improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’. 

We have missed the first one (held on 18th Feb) but you can register for the second (on 25th Feb) and 

subsequent webinars by clicking the link below. No fee will be charged for registering.

 

You can register here.

Best wishes,

 

Mano Chetty

President SAPC


 

22 December 2014

 

UNDERSTANDING EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD)

Concise information for pharmacists

 

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) recognises that pharmacies are often the first point of call for people with health concerns. Concise information to assist pharmacists in understanding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and preventing its spread has been compiled. 

 

Please follow the links below for some of this useful information:

 

Ebola Poster – What can Pharmacists do about it?

Ebola Poster – Pharmacist screening and referral

Ebola Disease Transmission

Ebola Infection Control

 

  


 

Attention all Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Responsible Pharmacists


 Stock outs and incorrect storage : vaccines

It was reported in the “The Star” newspaper dated 10 March 2014 that there are specific problems noted in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces relating to the stock outs and incorrect storage of vaccines.

The South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) view the above situation in a serious light and relevant responsible pharmacists may be held accountable in terms of the Pharmacy Act, 1974.

Be informed that situations relating to the stock-out of vaccines and the incorrect storage of vaccines should not be allowed to happen. Childhood vaccination is a basic healthcare service that children cannot go without when visiting clinics. It is the responsibility of pharmacists to make sure that stock outs do not happen. Likewise it is the responsibility of a pharmacist to ensure that the storage conditions for medicines as contained in the Rules relating to good pharmacy practice are complied with. In this regard, the Primary Health Care Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicine List has a section on maintaining the cold chain. The SAPC also recently published a Good Pharmacy Practice standard on “Procurement, storage and distribution of thermolabile pharmaceutical products” for comment. In terms of the standard, vaccines require storage conditions between 2°C and not exceeding 8°C, the storage, supply and distribution of these products must be in accordance with the provisions of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, 101 of 1965, and the manufacturer’s specification.

We trust that the responsible pharmacist is paying attention to the issues, which include, but are not limited to ensuring the continuous supply for vaccines, the appropriate storage facilities for such medicines and the necessary control and management in the correct storage of such medicines.

Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.
Yours faithfully

MR TA MASANGO
REGISTRAR/CEO
12 March 2014


 

  • New Standards and Minimum Standards published

Proposed amendments to GPP and new standards relating to courier pharmacies, ADUs and thermolabile products were published. Click here to view the Board Notice. 


  •  Nurture a Pharmacist Campaign

Adopt a School – Nurture a Pharmacist Campaign: Online-School Project – Read more
View the Conference
Presentations
View the Conference
Photos ‘Like’ the 1st National Pharmacy Conference page on Facebook and view all the photos and comments.


 Please click on the links below

Vision for the Pharmacy Profession
Social responsibility 2013
Design guidelines for pharmacies
Scope of Practice Poster – Pharmacy Support Personnel
Career Model Poster - Midlevel workers for Pharmacy


  •  Clinical Associates: Validity of Prescriptions

As the new Clinical Associates, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, begin their employment within the public health system, pharmacists are once again faced with questions as to whether they are by law allowed to dispense prescriptions written by Clinical Associates. As a result of the number of enquiries, questions and concerns addressed to the South African Pharmacy Council, Council resolved to provide the pharmacists, pharmacy support personnel with an official statement as to the legality of dispensing prescriptions written or produced by Clinical Associates where there is no additional signature by a medical practitioner. Read more


  •  Staffing Norms Report and Staffing model

Dear Pharmacist - It is finally here, the staffing norms model and guidelines for pharmacy. It is a pleasure for the South African Pharmacy Council to present the finalised staffing norms concept document incorporating the pharmacy staffing norms as well as a separate model from which, by merely plucking in the data related to your own pharmacy (institutional and community), the desired staffing can be determined. You are further requested to provide any feedback on the tool, to the office of the Registrar on customercare@sapc.za.org.

South African Pharmacy council Staffing Model Click here
Report: Staffing Norms for Pharmacies Project Click here

 

  • CPD Pilot and post pilot survey has come to an end

Kindly note that the overall pilot project including the post pilot survey has come to an end. Council wish to take this opportunity and thank all members of the profession that have participated on the CPD pilot project and those that provided inputs on CPD web base system

HSA has been accredited to deliver a learning programme on National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance: Community as of 19 May 2011

 


  •  Update your details

 

The new SAPC website has been launched with selected features for you to update/verify your courier address and to upload/view yourdigital photo on the SAPC Register in 5 easy steps

1. Visit the SAPC Website - http://www.sapc.za.org

2. Click on registered persons.

3. Enter your PNumber and password which you will find at the top right hand side of this e-mail

4. Login and Update yourcourier address and upload/view your digital photo