Pharmacy Council of India, Its Constitution and Composition and Functions

Pharmacy Council of India:

The Pharmacy Council of India is the statutory body of government of India also called as central council constituted under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

The Pharmacy Council of India consists of the following:

(i) Six members, among whom at least one teacher of pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacy. Pharmacology and pharmacology elected by the University Grants Commission.
(ii) Six members, four of whom are persons possessing a degree or diploma in and practicing pharmacy or pharmaceutical chemistry, nominated by the Central Government.
(iii) One member elected from amongst themselves by the members of the Medical Council of India.
(iv) The Director General of Health Services or an authorized person by him.
(v) The Drugs Controller of India or an authorized person by him
(vi) The Director of Central Drugs Laboratory
(vii) A representative of the University Grants Commission,
(viii) A representative of the All India Council for Technical Education
(ix) One member to represent each state elected from each state council and who is a registered pharmacist,
(x) One member to represent each state nominated by the State Government who is a registered pharmacist.
(xi) One member to represent each Union territory, nominated by the Union territory Council, being eligible for registration under section 31 of the Pharmacy Act

Functions of Pharmacy Council of India:
  • The Pharmacy Council of India is empowered to make Pharmacy Education Regulations prescribing the minimum standard of education required for qualification as a pharmacist
  • Approved courses of study and examinations
  • Regulation of State Pharmacy Councils.
  • Provide approvals to Pharmacy colleges
  • Withdrawal of approved
  • Qualifications granted outside the territories to which this Act extends.
  • The Pharmacy Council of India is to maintain a Central Register of pharmacists containing the names of all persons entered in the register for a State. Each State Pharmacy Council has to supply five copies of the register for the State to the Pharmacy Council of India after 1st April of each year
  • Inspection
  • Power to make regulations

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