SINGAPORE PHARMACY COUNCIL
3. There shall be established a body to be known as the Singapore Pharmacy Council, which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and shall, by that name, be capable of —
suing and being sued;
acquiring, owning, holding and developing or disposing of property, both movable and immovable; and
doing and performing such other acts or things as bodies corporate may by law do and perform.
—(1) Subject to section 7, the Council shall consist of the following members:
9 registered pharmacists each of whom shall be appointed by the Minister;
the Chief Pharmacist; and
the Head of the Department of Pharmacy of the National University of Singapore or a member of the Department who is a registered pharmacist designated by him.
(2) Subject to section 7, the members appointed under subsection (1)(a) shall hold office for a term of 3 years and shall be eligible for reappointment.
(3) The Minister may, at any time, revoke the appointment of any member appointed under subsection (1)(a) without assigning any reason.
5. The functions of the Council are —
to keep and maintain registers of registered pharmacists;
to approve or reject applications for registration under this Act or to approve any such application subject to such restrictions as it may think fit;
to issue certificates of registration and practising certificates to registered pharmacists;
to make recommendations to the appropriate authorities on the courses of instructions and examinations leading to a Singapore degree;
to prescribe and implement measures, guidelines and standards for the training of persons seeking registration as pharmacists under this Act;
to make recommendations to the appropriate authorities for the training and education of registered pharmacists;
to determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of registered pharmacists; and
generally to do all such acts and matters and things as are necessary to be carried out under this Act.
—(1) The Minister shall appoint one of the Council members to be the President of the Council.
(2) The President shall serve for such term as may be specified by the Minister and shall be eligible for reappointment.
(3) The President shall preside at any meeting of the Council and, in his temporary absence, the Council members present shall elect from among themselves one Council member to preside over the meeting.
7. No person shall be appointed or shall continue to hold office as a Council member if —
he is not a citizen or a permanent resident of Singapore;
he is an undischarged bankrupt;
he has been convicted in Singapore or elsewhere of any offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude; or
he is totally or partially incapacitated by a mental or physical disability.
—(1) The office of a Council member shall become vacant if the member —
resigns his office;
becomes subject to any of the disqualifications specified in section 7; or
has his appointment revoked before the expiry of the term for which he has been appointed.
(2) The Minister may remove from office any Council member who is absent without leave of the Council from 3 consecutive meetings of —
the Council; or
any committee appointed by the Council of which he is a member.
(3) Any question as to whether a person has ceased to be a Council member shall be determined by the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(4) If any vacancy arises among the Council members, the Minister may appoint a person to fill the vacancy in the manner in which the appointment to the vacant office was made, and that person shall hold office for as long as the Council member in whose place he was appointed would have held office.
(5) No act done by or under the authority of the Council shall be invalid in consequence of any defect that is afterwards discovered in the appointment or qualification of its members or any of them.
—(1) The Council shall meet at such times and places as the President or the Registrar may appoint.
(2) At any meeting of the Council, 5 Council members shall form a quorum and no business shall be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum is present.
(3) The President or the Council member presiding at any meeting of the Council shall have an original vote and, in the case of an equality of votes, a casting vote.
(4) Subject to subsection (2), the Council may act notwithstanding any vacancy in the membership of the Council.
(5) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Council may regulate its own procedure.
(6) The Council shall keep minutes of its proceedings in such form or manner as it thinks fit.
10. The Council may appoint an executive secretary and other employees on such terms as the Council may determine.
—(1) The Council may —
appoint one or more committees for any general or special purpose which, in the opinion of the Council, may be better dealt with or managed by a committee; and
delegate, with or without restrictions or conditions as it thinks fit, any of the powers or functions which may be exercised or performed by the Council to any committee so appointed.
(2) The Council shall not delegate to a committee its power of delegation under subsection (1) or the power to make regulations under section 74.
(3) The number and term of office of the members of a committee and the number of those members necessary to form a quorum shall be fixed by the Council.
(4) A committee appointed under this section may include persons who are not Council members.
(5) The Council may continue to exercise any power conferred upon it or perform any function under this Act notwithstanding the delegation of such power or function under subsection (1).
(6) This section shall not apply to a Complaints Panel, a Disciplinary Committee, an Interim Orders Committee or a Health Committee.
—(1) If a Council member is, directly or indirectly, interested in a matter under consideration by the Council and is present at a meeting of the Council at which the matter is the subject of consideration, such member shall, at the meeting and as soon as practicable after it commences, disclose his interest in that matter and may, with the permission of the Council, participate in its consideration of that matter, but shall not vote on any question with respect to that matter.
(2) No act or proceedings of the Council shall be questioned on the ground that any Council member has contravened this section.