History and Background
The Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda is a body corporate established by the Pharmacy and drugs act of 1970 and Cap 280 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Over the last decade the society has doubled its numbers from 200 in 1999 to a membership of 465 at present.This comprises of Pharmacists working in Community Pharmacies, Hospitals, Pharma industries, Regulatory bodies, academia ,research organizations, drug procurement and distribution entities among others.
The society is governed by the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda. This consists of 12 members. The Secretary and Treasurer are Ex-officio members and are elected annually during the Annual general meeting.6 members of the Council are elected every 4 years by the Annual general Assembly while the remaining 4 are appointed by the Minister of health every 4 years. The President and the Vice President are elected from among the Council members. This democratic arrangement ensures autonomy in the running of Professional activities but at the same time provides adequate representation from both the Private and Public sector.
The council discharges its functions through the Secretary who is responsible for the day to day running of the society affairs and is the Chief accounting officer. The Treasurer oversees the finances of the society. In addition the society has 3 full time employees who include a finance and administration manager, an administrative assistant and an office assistant.
Mandate of the Council
The Council is mandated under Section 21 Cap 280 of the constitution of the republic of Uganda in ensuring the highest practicable standards in the Practice of Pharmacy. It is duty of the council to:
- Regulate the practice by Pharmacists and their assistants in Uganda
- Arrange for the qualifying examination of persons intending to become members of the society and intending to Practice as Pharmacists in Uganda
- Accredit training institutions and approve courses of study for Pharmacy students
- Maintain and publish a register of pharmacists;
- To supervise and regulate the training,internship and transfer of pharmacy students and to make provision for the registration of students;
- To specify the class of persons who shall have the right to train pharmacy students and specify the circumstances in which any person of that class may be deprived of that right;
- To maintain a library of books and periodicals relating to pharmacy and allied subjects and to encourage the publication of such books; and
- To encourage research in the subject of pharmacy and chemistry and generally to secure the well-being and advancement of the profession of pharmacy.
- Operate a scheme (If needed) for the purpose of aiding distressed pharmacy students, members or former members of the society, their widows or orphans.
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