The General Assembly is the sovereign body of the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain and is made up of the Steering Committee and the Presidents of the 52 Provincial Chambers of Pharmacists or statutory substitutes, as well as another representative designated by the corresponding Governing Board.
Plenary of the Council
The Plenary of the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain is the executive body of the profession. It is made up of the Steering Committee, 19 regional representatives (from the 17 autonomous communities plus the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla) and 11 section representatives.
The national sections are: Food, Clinical Analysis, Dermopharmacy, Distribution, Hospital Pharmacy, Industry, Research and Teaching, Community Pharmacy, Optics and Acoustics, Orthopaedics, and Headlines Pharmacists.
The General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain is managed and directed by the Board, which is elected by all the Presidents of the Provincial Chambers of Pharmacists.
Within the mission of the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain is the exercise of the functions established in article 9 of the Law of Professional Associations, 2/1974, of 13 February, and in its Regulations approved by Order of 16 May 1957 and its modifications by Royal Decree 1774/1979 of 22 June; 616/1982, of 17 March and 249/1985, of 23 January.
Among the functions corresponding to the General Council, under the terms established in current legislation, the following stand out:
- Institutional representation of the profession when it is subject to compulsory membership before the General State Administration and relevant bodies.
- The organisation and defence of the profession at the national level, before similar institutions in the European Union and internationally.
- The protection of the interests of consumers and users of the services provided by members.
- To draw up and approve the General Statute of Chambers and submit it to the Government for approval, as well as the Statute of the General Council.
- To approve its budgets and establish the income and expenditure regime of the General Council, as well as to approve its annual report.
- To create Section Memberships to harmonise and coordinate the relations or interests of the various pharmaceutical sectors, as well as to reform or review existing ones in accordance with the evolution of the pharmaceutical profession.
- To watch over the prestige of the profession.
- To report on any project of modification of the legislation regulating the Professional Associations and the field of medicines that may be requested by the General State Administration, with respect to all matters related to its aims or that it may agree to issue on its own initiative.
- To cooperate with the Public Authorities in the promotion of public health and disease prevention, and to collaborate with the State Health Administration in the formulation of health policy on pharmaceutical care and the rational use of medicines and health products, through collaborative actions in education and information on these products.
- To monitor compliance with health legislation, especially pharmaceutical legislation, and promote with the Public Administrations as many provisions and actions as it deems necessary for the technical and professional improvement of the different types of professional practice.
- To support and back the actions adopted by the Provincial Chambers of Pharmacists in order to guarantee the principle of continuity in the proper provision of pharmaceutical care services to citizens.
- To formalise agreements with the General State Administration, Universities and/or any other type of public or private entities in matters within its competence and establish the necessary means for the fulfilment and effectiveness of these agreements.
- To ensure the ongoing, continuous and specialised training of pharmacists, promoting on its own or in collaboration with other public or private institutions, continuous training activities and exercising the official accreditation and registration functions delegated by the General State Administration.
- To issue, with regard to the recognition of Diplomas, Certificates and other qualifications in Pharmacy of the Member States of the European Union, and for the effective exercise of the right of establishment, following a report from the corresponding Provincial Chambers of Pharmacists, the certifications that may be required, as well as to create the appropriate mechanisms for communication and coordination with the Associations and Councils of Autonomous Associations to deal with requests for information on the members of the Association and the firm sanctions imposed.
- To participate in the preparation of study plans leading to the award of the Degree in Pharmacy, as well as in pharmaceutical specialisation studies, in continuing education activities and in defining the professional career of pharmacists.
- To appoint the representatives of the Profession in the councils, commissions, consultative bodies of the General State Administration and International or Supranational Organisations.
- To perform any functions entrusted or attributed to it by the General State Administration, as well as to collaborate with the latter by carrying out studies, issuing reports, drawing up statistics and any other activities related to its aims that may be requested or that it may agree to formulate on its own initiative.
- To create projects based on new information and communication technologies to facilitate connectivity between professionals, Associations, Councils of Associations and the General Council, as well as, where appropriate, with other professionals, citizens or the General State Administration.
- To establish a central register of registered pharmacists which, while guaranteeing the principles of confidentiality of personal data, will make it possible to know at least the first and last names of the registered professionals, their registration number, the official qualifications they hold, their professional address, their authorisation status and other data determined or to be determined in order to effectively guarantee citizens’ right to information and the Register of Health Professionals. Establish a register of professional societies for the fulfilment of all those functions that legally correspond to it.
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