The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) is authorized to revoke, suspend, revoke or cancel the operating license of any practicing pharmacist who violates Company Rules.
The amended PCN Act was recently signed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and also expanded the Council’s powers and functions to inspect, approve, license and regulate pharmacy registration and practice.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of PCN, Prof. dr. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, in a statement appreciated by President Muhammadu Buhari before the signing of the recently amended bill establishing the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) Establishment Act 2022, was optimistic that the law would improve the functioning of PCN and increase professionalism. in the profession of pharmacy.
Mora, members of the National Assembly appreciated for their efforts to bring about the amended PCN law, claimed that the new one expanded the powers of the PCN board of directors to fully regulate all stakeholders involved in the pharmacy distribution chain, as well as the inclusion of all stakeholders involved in the pharmacy distribution chain in their plans and programs.
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He also indicated that the experience requirement for the composition of the PCN board of directors, such as the appointment of the chairman, was extended from 15 years to 25 years so far, while the terms of office of the chairman and members of the board of directors of board was also extended from three to four years .
Also, the new law recommended experience of not less than 10 years post-qualification for eight members expected to represent the geopolitical zones of the Federation as would be appointed by the Minister of Health on the recommendation of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). .
It recommended that a pre-action notice be introduced before a lawsuit can be filed against the PCN, and the PCN must be notified before any action can be taken against it.
It also recommended that the Federal Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear criminal and civil matters under the Act, with the new law expressing that the Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear criminal and civil matters under this Act.