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Gazette Notice - Term Limits for National Pharmacy Board Members

At the meeting held on 15th July, RPS Assembly agreed that National Pharmacy Board members should only be permitted to serve in office as a National Board member for a maximum of three consecutive terms of office, with a single term of office remaining at the current length of three years. After three consecutive terms, a break of one term will now be required before an individual can stand for election again to the same National Board.

The current terms for all serving National Pharmacy Board members will be deemed to be the first term of the possible three, and all current National Board members will only be eligible to stand for a maximum of two further terms before they are required to take a break of one term if they wished to stand again to the same Board.

The following amendments to the Society’s Regulations will therefore take effect from 1st October. Any member who wishes to comment to the Assembly on the changes is asked to do so by 18th September. Comments should be sent to [email protected].

Regulation 7.4.2 will be amended as follows (addition in italics):

The period of office of members elected to the National Pharmacy Boards shall be three years; and expire at midnight on the day before the effective date detailed in the Election Scheme in the third year after they were elected.

A member is only permitted to serve in office as a National Board member for a maximum of three consecutive terms of office. After three consecutive terms, a break of one term is required before an individual can stand for election again to the same National Board.

The current terms for all serving National Pharmacy Board members in office in 2020 will be deemed to be the first term of the possible three, and all National Board members in office in 2020 will only be eligible to stand for a maximum of two further terms before they are required to take a break of one term if they wished to stand again to the same Board…

Regulation 7.6 will be amended as follows (addition in italics):

A member of a National Board shall cease to be a member of the National Pharmacy Board in question:

…(e) (i) on failing to be re-elected as a Board member at the appropriate point (appointment shall terminate automatically, on the specified effective date)

(ii) on reaching the end of the third consecutive term of office as a Board member, at which point a break from office of one term must occur before serving any further term(s) on that same Board (see Reg 7.4.2.for those in office during 2020)…

Gazette Notice - 2020 National Pharmacy Board Elections

The process for elections to the national pharmacy boards for 2020 was launched on 13th March, with the opening of nominations. These are due to close on 3rd April. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic is now established in the UK there is considerable concern that, with pharmacists expending all their energy on working to help combat this fast-moving crisis and support patients and members of the public, an election would be a diversion from the key priority of the nation and the profession, and it would be inappropriate to divert them from this.

Holding an election at this extraordinarily difficult time, which would require any member of the society who would like to stand to have to complete a lengthy nomination process then canvas for support amongst the electorate, is not felt to be appropriate, either for our members or for the various members of the staff team who would be required to work on the related communications and member engagement activities to support the election process thereby taking them away from critical work around COVID-19.

Given the exceptional and unprecedented global and national circumstances, assembly have consequently decided to take the emergency executive action below:

The 2020 election scheme will be withdrawn and the national pharmacy board elections for 2020 will be cancelled.

Those board members whose terms of office would come to an end in June will be granted an extension of one year to their term.

The board members affected are:

English Pharmacy Board

Scottish Pharmacy Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board

Martin Astbury *

Jonathan Burton *

Robert Davies

Sandra Gidley *

Alasdair Macintyre

Richard Evans

Ash Soni *

Ailsa Power

Paul Harris

Mahendra Patel *

Deborah Stafford

Suzanne Scott-Thomas *

Should these members chose to stand for election in 2021, and be successfully returned for a further term of office, it is anticipated they would chose to step down from office one year early in 2023 (when their term of office would have come to an end had they been re-elected in 2020) rather than serving the full three years.

As the term of office on their respective national board for six of the assembly members comes to an end in June, indicated by * in the list above, these members were specifically excluded from the decision making process and the final decision was taken solely by the remaining eight assembly members.

Members wishing to comment on the above should email the relevant returning officer by 26th May.

Returning officer for England: [email protected]

Returning officer for Scotland: [email protected]

Returning officer for Wales: [email protected]