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).