In order to establish a pharmacy college in India, one essentially requires PCI approval and renewal from time to time. PCI, short for Pharmacy Council of India, was established in the year 1948 to structure and standardise pharmacy education in the country. One of the primary roles of the council is to authorise educational institutions to impart education in pharmacy.
Acquiring an affiliation certificate from the Pharmacy Council of India is as difficult as inserting a thread into a needle. The body does a meticulous analysis, through inspection, and extensive examination before licencing an institution. Just like any other certification council, PCI approval and renewal is organised. Colleges seeking the approval need to apply online, submit necessary documents required, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Before diving into the details lets see what PCI is and what it does!
What is PCI?
Associated to the Ministry of Health Services and Family welfare, PCI is the statutory body of government of India responsible for maintaining standards of pharmacy institutions by regulating the pharmacy education in the country, allowing the registration of qualified candidates as a pharmacist under the pharmacy act and regulating the profession and practice of pharmacy.
Here are the key functions of PCI:
- PCI prescribes the minimum standard of education necessary for candidates to become pharmacists
- Structures conditions, rules and regulations for institutions who intend to impart education in pharmacy
- Maintains a central register of pharmacists
- Makes certain of implementing uniform educational standards in pharmacy throughout the country
- Inspects, approves and certifies pharmacy Institutions
- Approves the course of study and examination for pharmacists
- Approves qualifications granted outside the territories to which the Pharmacy Act extends
What are documents required to PCI registration and renewal?
Given below are the details of PCI approval and renewal for the year 2020 for various pharmacy courses.
- From the academic year 2019-2020, applications for both new and already approved institutions for approval of various pharmacy courses including inspection fee and affiliation fee will be accepted online only.
Note: No hard copy of Standard Inspection Form (SIF) or fee in the form of Demand Draft will be accepted.
Documents required for D.Pharm Course:
Standard Inspection Form, SIF-A. Along with SIF-A, the following document(s) need to be submitted:
- Affiliation of the Examining Authority for starting of D.Pharm course for the session applied for by the institution.
Documents required for B.Pharm Course:
- Standard Inspection Form, SIF-B-2 * for institutions for starting of 1st year B. Pharm course. Along with SIF-B-2, the following documents need to be submitted:
- Affiliation of the Examining Authority for starting of B.Pharm course for the session applied for by the institution.
- NOC/ Approval of the State Govt. for starting of B.Pharm course for the session applied for by the institution.
- Standard Inspection Form, SIF-B* for institutions for extension of approval of B. Pharm course for 60 admissions.
- Standard Inspection Form, SIF-B-1* for institutions seeking raise in admission capacity up to 100 seats in B.Pharm course/extension of approval for 100 admissions.
Documents required for M.Pharm Course:
Standard Inspection Form, SIF-E* for institutions conducting M.Pharm course. Along with SIF-B-2, Consent of Affiliation - Annexure-I (M.Pharm) needs to be submitted.