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Pharmacy Council of Pakistan

Pharmacy Council Of Pakistan
فارمیسی کونسل آف پاکستان
Pharmacy council of pakistan
Pharmacy Council of Pakistan
Established Established under the Pharmacy Act 1967
President Hussnain Asif ch
Location Taimur Chamber, Blue Area, Islamabad.
Colours Green and White          
Nickname PCP
Website Official Website
PCP pakistan

Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (abbreviated as PCP) is a professional body responsible for the registration of pharmacists and promotion of pharmacyeducation in the country.The PharmacyCouncil Pakistan (PCP) is the regulator established in terms of thePharmacy Act, 1967 to regulate pharmacists, pharmacy support personnel andpharmacy premises in Pakistan.Our mandate is to protect, promote and maintainthe health, safety and well being of patients and the public who usepharmaceutical services in Pakistan.


The objectives of the PCP are to regulate the pharmacy education in the Country for the purpose of registration as a pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1967.The pharmacy education objectives regarding the curriculum of Doctor of Pharmacy Course shall be to prepare a health caring and community oriented pharmacist who is competent to deal with the common health and pharmaceutical problems of the people in a scientifically sound and cost-effective manner using appropriate technology and holistic approach They also regulate the Profession and Practice of Pharmacy.The Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP) in its meeting held on 1.10.2010 has approved the Prefix word, Dr, for the Pharmacists holding Pharm D degree.

Pakistan Pharmacy Act 1967

This act is establish in 8 February 1973 to regulate the practice of pharmacy.Within a period of one year from the commencement of this Act; The Central Government shall, by notification in the official Gazette, establish a Central Pharmacy Council to be known by the name of the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan; and Each provincial Government shall in like manner, establish a provincial Pharmacy Council to be known by the name of the province concerned.Each of the Pharmacy Councils established under sub section (1) shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and common seal, with power, among others, to acquire, hold and dispose off property, and shall by its name sue and be sued.

The funds of the Central Council shall consist of such moneys as maybe placed at its disposal by the Central Government where as The funds of a Provincial Council shall consist of the fees received by it under this Act and of such moneys as may be placed at its disposal by the Provincial Government.

As of 2014 the president of Pakistan pharmacy council is HUSSNAIN ASIF CH PHARMACY FROM UNIVERSITY OF LAHORE

Edited By, Muhammad Hamza Alvi.

Pakistan Pharmacy Council activities

  • Registration of Pharmacists & Pharmacy Assistants.
  • Enrollment & Examinations of Apprentices in Pharmacy.
  • Commencement of 2 examinations in a year.
  • Examination of Pharmacy Technicians (2 Years Diploma Course), since March, 2009.
  • Issuance of Good Standing Certificate.
  • Publication of Text Book of Pharmacy.
  • Verification of Certificates.
  • On the Job Training of Pharmacists/Drug Inspectors.
  • Refresher Course for Qualified Dispensers/Chemists
  • Revision of Syllabus.
  • Computerization of Record.
  • On going Orientation Programs for; Hospital Pharmacists,Drug Inspectors,Chemists/Druggists/Dispensers

Edited & Arranged By Muhammad Hamza Alvi

Recognition status of Pharmacy institutions

List of Pharmacy institutions whose facilities for teaching PHARMACY courses are recognized by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan according to Pharmacy Act 1967 for the purpose of Registration as Pharmacists in Registers A and B, is being published for the information and guidance of the public in general and students in particular.

Public sector

===Private sector=== university of central punjab

Institutions granted NOC to start Pharm. D. Program

Johar Institute of Professional Studies, Lahore

Institutes approved for Pharmacy Technicians

  • Lahore College for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lahore
  • ACE Institute of Health Sciences, Lahore
  • Lahore. Pakistan Pharmacy College Sahiwal
  • Kings College of Pharmacy, Sahiwal
  • Thal Institute of Paramedics, Layyah
  • Multan College of Pharmacy and Management Sciences, Multan
  • Allama Iqbal College of Pharmacy, Lahore
  • Bahuddin Institute of Pharmacy Technician, Multan
  • Aimen Institute of Pharmacy Technician, Lahore
  • Pak Institute of Pharmacy Technician, Lahore
  • HUSSNAIN CH college of pharmacy ( Lahore)

Pakistan Pharmacists Association

Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA) is the national organization of pharmacists and student pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the pharmacists. PPS has a mission to promote and expand the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists in Pakistan. PPS is dedicated to improve public health and patient care by enhancing professional development of the pharmacists and the Pakistan pharmacy council.PPS’s website is an online source of drug information, news about the world of pharmacists and an opportunity for pharmacists to link up, share ideas and develop communities of interest.

Objectives of Pakistan Pharmacists Association

To promote pharmacy as an essential component of the healthcare team and to serve as primary catalyst for this change.To contribute to continuing education programmes for pharmacists already engaged in practice to improve the medication use and health outcomes of patients.To promote high standards of professional conduct amongst pharmacists in order to improve medication use.To provide leadership in the identification, development and implementation of health policies of concern to pharmacy.To hold seminars, symposia, exhibitions and conferences in order to foster national and international collaborations.To liaise with health professional organizations and others in order to achieve aforementioned objectives.To increase the quality of pharmacists education.

Punjab Pharmacy Council

Punjab Pharmacy Council is a statutory regulatory body of Punjab Province, established under Drugs Act 1967. It is responsible for issuing Licenses to Pharmacists of Punjab Province in Category-A and for conducting the exams for Category-B, education of Pharmacy Technicians and their documentation regarding supervising the medical stores for pharmacies etc. It is affiliated with the Pharmacy Council Pakistan. The Pharmacy Council Pakistan is the council that handles all the issues related to Pharmacy Education in Pakistan. The approval to Pharmacy Schools / Colleges / Institutes for award of Pharm.D is accredited by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing is licensed and monitored by the Federal Government, DRAP (Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan), affiliated with the MoNRS (Ministry of National Regulation and Services), Government of Pakistan.


The council may constitute committees as it deems fit to advice & assist the Council.

The Council constitutes following Committees

  • Education Committee

To deal with syllabus, publication and education/training programs.

  • Law & Ethics Committee

To deal with legal matters.

  • Budgetary & Service Rules Committee

To deal with budget and financial matters as well as service of the employees.

  • Examination and Disciplinary Committee

To deal with examination related issues.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)

In Pakistan, the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree is a graduate-level professional doctorate degree.In I.R Pakistan, a total of 21 universities are registered with Pharmacy Council of Pakistan for imparting Pharmacy courses. In 2004 Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan revised the syllabus and changed the 4-year B.Pharmacy Program to 5-year Pharm.D. program. All 21 universities have started the 5-year Pharm.D Program.In 2011 the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan approved the awarding of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a five-year programme at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Peshawar.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Pharm.D is the only Basic Pharmacy Degree (5 years program) awarded by universities in Pakistan now. The program has to be approved by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan. Most universities in Pakistan have approved Pharm.D programs. Others are not accredited yet and need to overcome deficiencies before being approved by pharmacy council Pakistan B.Pharmacy degree holders, who are Registered as Pharmacists with the Pharmacy Council of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan or Khyber-Paktunkwa, can study at any one of the Universities approved by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan for a one year evening and/or weekend course leading to (post-B.Pharmacy) Doctor of Pharmacy which has been approved by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.

Admission to Pharmacy Institutions

The optimum number of annual admissions of students in the First Professional in a pharmacy institution shall not be more than one hundred (including the reserved seats) in each session subject to the capacity of lecture rooms and the facilities in laboratories and libraries. However, the number of sessions will not be more than one in one academic year.

The following shall be the minimum academic qualifications for admission of a candidate to the First Professional of Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Course.


The candidate should have passed the Intermediate Science(F.Sc) Examination (Medical Group), or an equivalent examination from a Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Pakistan;or the candidate should have passed an examination of a foreign institution or examining body, which is equivalent to the Intermediate (F. Sc) Examination (Medical Group) of a Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Pakistan.Equivalence to be determined by Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).


The candidate should have passed a higher examination of a Pakistani university with Biological Sciences provided that he has passed the Intermediate (F. Sc.) Examination (Pre-Medical Group) from a Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Pakistan. The admissions granted on this qualification will not exceed 10% of the total seats.

Admission of students to pharmacy institutions including that to reserved seats shall be strictly on merit in accordance with regulation 8.A candidate seeking admission to a pharmacy institution should possess adequate mental and physical health.Pharmacy institutions may allocate seats for children of the registered pharmacists provided that such seats shall not exceed five per cent of the total annual admissions of students in the First Professional.Pharmacy institutions shall allocate not more than two per cent of the total annual admissions of students in the First Professional for nominees of the proprietors, partners and directors of pharmaceutical industry as specified in the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984).

General principles regarding curriculum and teaching

The following general principles shall be observed while formulating curriculum and teaching Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) program.

(a) The institutions will follow the curriculum approved and notified by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.

(b) Lectures shall not be overloaded with unnecessary and irrelevant details;

(c) more emphasis shall be given to tutorials, seminars, workshops, practical work and clinical training especially in the Fourth and final Professional;

(d) training of students shall be in small groups;

(e) clinical pharmacy and hospital pharmacy training shall be conducted preferably in teaching/DHQ hospitals;

(f) clinical pharmacy and hospital pharmacy training shall be conducted preferably in teaching/DHQ hospitals;

(g) appropriate arrangements should be made for retail and community pharmacy training.

(h) the academic session shall not be less than nine months in one academic year or two semesters in one academic year;

(i) teachers must set personal example so as to inculcate qualities of character and attitudes expected of a good pharmacist, as laid down inregulation 6;

Syllabi and Subject Objectives Of Pharm.D

Basic Subjects

Islamic Studies and Pakistan Studies,Anatomy,Physiology,Pathology,Mathematics,Bio-statistics,Computer.

Pharmaceutical Subjects

General Pharmaceutics,Pharmaceutical Preparations,Pharmaceutical dispensing, practice and pharmacy,Community Pharmacy,Hospital Pharmacy,Clinical Pharmacy,Bio pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics,Industrial Pharmacy,Pharmaceutical quality management,Marketing and Management,Forensic Pharmacy,Pharmaceutical Technology,Pharmaceutical Microbiology.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry Subjects

Biochemistry,Organic Chemistry,Pharmaceutical Instrumentation,Medicinal Chemistry.

Guidelines regarding syllabus and subject objectives for Pharmacognosy

The study of Pharmacognosy is to give knowledge about crude drugs, evaluation and use etc.Different methods used for extraction and purification of crude drugs from different plant and animal source. The study shall include medicinal plants of Pakistan, heir habitat,collection and biological source of the drug. Allergens and allergenic preparations, enzymes,plant growth hormones as well as pesticides and poisonous plants with special reference to Pakistan shall be included. Separation and isolation of plant constituents by special techniques like chromatography, ion exchange, electrophoresis and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) shall be introduced. Detailed study of carbohydrates and related products, alkaloids, volatile oils, fixed oils, tannins, glycosides, etc., shall be included. The students should know the Unani system of medicine, phyto-pharmacology and Traditional Medicine and Alternative System of Medicine.

Guidelines regarding syllabus and subject objectives for Pharmacology

The teaching of Pharmacology shall be aimed at different aspects of drugs and pharmaceuticals used in different diseases. The therapeutic/pharmacological groups of drugs will be taught according to the classification of World Health Organization. The students should know the relationship between drug concentration and biological response, drug action overtime, factors affecting absorption, distribution, binding, metabolism and elimination of chemicals, structure activity relationship, biological changes that result from repeated drug use, tolerance, addiction and adverse effects. Process of drug interaction with cellular macromolecules to alter physiological function and site of action including knowledge about proper selection of drugs has also to be covered.


Evaluation shall be an essential part of the education process. There should be regular internal evaluations. Students should be evaluated in all the three cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains as specified in Chapter II. All pharmacy institutions should uniformly apply the principles of internal evaluations.

The courses of study for Doctor of Pharmacy Course shall be split into the Five Professional Years. First Professional, Second Professional, Third Professional, Fourth Professional and Final Professional, each of which shall be of one year duration.


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