Pharmacy Act 2007


2.— (1) In this Act—

“Company” means a company within the meaning of the Companies Acts 1963 to 2005;

“Council” means the Council established by section 10 ;

“Directive” means Directive 2001/83/EC of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, as amended;

“Enduring power of attorney” means a power of attorney within the meaning of section 2 of the Powers of Attorney Act 1996 , which is an enduring power construed in accordance with section 5 of that Act;

“medicinal product” has the same meaning as in the Directive except that until 30 April 2011 it does not include herbal or homeopathic medicinal products;

“Minister” means the Minister for Health and Children;

“pharmaceutical assistant” means a person who before the coming into operation of section 4 (1) of this Act was competent, under section 19 of the Pharmacy Act, (Ireland) Amendment Act 1890 to transact the business of a pharmacist in his or her temporary absence;

“pharmacy owner” means a person carrying on a retail pharmacy business and, as such, being entitled to the profits and liable to sustain the losses of the business and “pharmacy”, when used with reference to a pharmacy owner, means a retail pharmacy business;

“practice” means the carrying on of practice as a registered pharmacist;

“prescribed” means prescribed by rules made by the Council;

“register” means a register set up and maintained under section 13 and “registered” and connected expressions shall be construed accordingly;

“registered medical practitioner” means a person whose name is entered in the General Register of Medical Practitioners established under the Medical Practitioners Act 1978 ;

“retail pharmacy business” means a business (not being a professional practice carried on by a registered medical practitioner or a registered dentist) which consists of or includes the sale or supply of medicinal products other than medicinal products on a general sales list (whether or not such products on such a list are also sold or supplied in the course of the business);

“sale” means sale by retail;

“the Society” has the meaning assigned to it by section 5 ;

“the old Society” has the meaning assigned to it by section 5 ;

“supply” in relation to a medicinal product, means its supply (other than by way of sale) to a person who receives it for a purpose other than—

(a) selling or supplying it, or

(b) administering it or causing it to be administered to another person,

in the course of a business or profession.

(2) References in this Act to the sale and supply or the sale or supply of a medicinal product include references to the keeping, preparing, compounding or dispensing of the medicinal product.

(3) For the purposes of this Act, two or more premises which are separate and distinct from each other shall each be regarded as separate premises although they are parts of the same building.

(4) Subsection (3) shall not apply to sections 63 and 64 .

(5) In the definition of “retail pharmacy business” in subsection (1), “medicinal products on a general sales list” means medicinal products which may be sold under section 32(2)(m)(ii) of the Irish Medicines Board Act 1995 .