This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Medicines Regulations 1984 (
“the principal regulations”).
Regulation 3 amends regulation 2(1) of the principal regulations by—
•changing the definition of dispensary technician to take account of the new definition of student and to remove reference to persons undertaking the course leading to a Dispensary Assistant's Certificate, because that course is no longer available:
•substituting a new definition of pharmacy graduate, requiring a graduate to be actively taking steps towards registration as a pharmacist in order to come within the definition:
•inserting definitions of pharmacy student, pharmacy technician student, and student.
Regulation 4 adds pharmacy technicians and students to the list of persons who may dispense prescription medicines under regulation 42(1) of the principal regulations. New regulation 42(1A) provides that dispensary technicians, pharmacy graduates, pharmacy technicians, and students may only dispense when under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist. This aligns the supervision requirement for pharmacy graduates with the supervision requirement in regulation 37(1) of the Pharmacy Regulations 1975.
Regulation 5 substitutes a new regulation 43 into the principal regulations. New regulation 43 extends the Director-General's discretionary power of waiver (which previously applied only to requirements relating to the dispensing of prescription medicines that are set out in regulation 42). The power now includes the discretionary power to waive, in special circumstances, the requirements in regulation 41 (which relates to the form of prescriptions).
Regulation 6 substitutes a new regulation 63 into the principal regulations. New regulation 63 relates to restrictions on, and the supervising of, compounding medicine. Under new regulation 63(1), dispensary technicians continue to be restricted from undertaking any process of compounding a medicine. Under new regulation 63(2), pharmacy graduates, pharmacy technicians, and students may compound medicine, but only if they are under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist. New regulation 63(2)(d) provides that, despite the restriction on dispensary technicians compounding medicines in new regulation 63(1), dispensary technicians who have served an apprenticeship in pharmacy under the Pharmacy Act 1939 may compound medicines under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist.