Pharmacy Act 2007

32.

Offence of holding oneself out as registered pharmacist or registered druggist.

32.— (1) A person other than a registered pharmacist who holds himself or herself out as a registered pharmacist shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person other than a registered druggist who holds himself or herself out as a registered druggist shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) A person other than a registered retail pharmacy business who holds himself, herself or itself out as a registered retail pharmacy business shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) A person, other than a registered pharmacist, who—

( a) publicly describes himself or herself as a “pharmacist”, a “dispensing chemist”, a “pharmaceutical chemist” (whether or not with the addition of the word “registered”) or a “Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland” or “MPSI” or, in any public description of himself or herself, uses an expression mentioned in subsection (6),

( b) uses any emblem or device from which the public might reasonably infer that he or she is a registered pharmacist, or

( c) causes or permits such a public description or use to occur,

is, without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), to be regarded as holding himself or herself out as a registered pharmacist.

(5) A person, other than a registered druggist or registered pharmacist, who—

( a) publicly describes himself or herself as a “druggist”, a “chemist and druggist” (whether or not with the addition of the word “registered”) or, in any public description of himself or herself uses an expression mentioned in subsection (6),

( b) uses any emblem or device from which the public might reasonably infer that he or she is a registered druggist, or

( c) causes or permits such a public description or use to occur,

is, without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2) to be regarded as holding himself or herself out to be a registered druggist.

(6) The expressions referred to in subsections (4) and (5) are—

( a) pharmacy,

( b) medical stores,

( c) drug stores,

( d) drug hall,

( e) medical supply stores,

( f) medical hall,

( g) chemist.

(7) A person does not commit an offence under this section by using, in a public description of a registered retail pharmacy business, an expression mentioned in subsection (6).