PIER in collaboration with EIPG are organising a webinar on the topic of 'FMD Implementation- Insights from a National Medicines Verification Organisation'.

The deadline for the implementation of the Delegated Regulation on Safety Features is fast approaching and industrial pharmacists throughout the entire pharmaceutical regulatory and supply chain will be interacting closely with their NMVO in the coming months. This webinar will provide insights into how an NMVO operates and an understanding of the importance of collaboration between all players and their national MVO, as part of the European network, in order to ensure the success of this project. The presenter is PIER member Leonie Clarke, Project Manager IMVO. It will be held on Tuesday 25th September at 4pm GMT.

Numbers are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone registering to attend and then finding they are unable to do so must cancel their participation before the event.

For further information, see FMD webinar_25th Sept 2018

A recording of the recent EIPG/PIER webinar (FMD webinar_25th Sept 2018hosted by Leonie Clarke (IMVO) on 'FMD Implemenation-Insights from a National Medicines Verification Organisation' is now available in the members area of the PIER website. A copy of the presentation slides is also posted. Access is via password which is posted in the members area of the PIER website. 

PIER will be holding a careers information event in RCSI College Hall on Wednesday 7th November 2018 from 6.30pm. 

Further details will be available closer to the event. 

The PSI recently notified over 1400 pharmacists of their selection for the 2018/19 ePortfolio Review. In early 2019, these pharmacists will be required to submit evidence of their continuing professional development to the IIOP via their ePortfolio.

Between September and December 2018, the IIOP will hold a series of evening and lunchtime face-to-face and webinar information events to support pharmacists selected for ePortfolio Review.

These events will include;

1.      a focus on the requirements of the 2018/19 ePortfolio Review,

2.      an explanation of the 2018/19 ePortfolio Review Standards,

3.      the timelines for ePortfolio Review,

4.      an introduction to the training support resources,

5.      an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the 2018/19 ePortfolio Review.

Pharmacists who took part in last year’s ePortfolio Review consistently highlighted the IIOP information events as a key source of support in their preparation. They felt more confident in participating in ePortfolio Review and had a clear understanding of what the Standards were and how to access support if needed following attending an event.

The IIOP will hold 10 face-to-face information events (locations listed below) and 18 webinar events. Places for all events can be booked on the IIOP website (https://iiop.ie/events).


Venue Confirmed


Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin


Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick


Dublin West, Venue TBC


Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport, Dublin


Maldron Sandy Road, Galway


Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone


Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny


Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin


Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, Louth

The HPRA are currently recruiting for a Pharmaceutical Assessor, in the Pharmaceutical Assessment – Human Products Authorisation and Registration Unit. Would be an ideal position for a pharmacist with some industry experience. 

For further information, see the role profile HPRA Pharmaceutical Assessor JD_June 2018
Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th June 2018. 

Irish Medicines Verification Organisation (IMVO) are looking for an experienced quality professional for the role of Quality Manager. This will be a part-time (0.5 FTE) position, based in Dublin. For further information, please see the role profile IMVO Quality Manager (part-time).

To apply or to make an informal enquiry, please contact Leonie Clarke, IMVO Project Manager (email leonie.clarke@imvo.ie).

TOPRA (the organisation for professionals in regulatory affairs) has postponed its planned Career Fair in DCU on 6th June 2018 until 2019. PIER will update members once a new date has been decided. 

IQVIA Europe (formerly Quintiles) are recruiting for their growing Global Regulatory Affairs Department. The new positions would be suitable for pharmacists with at least five years of experience in Regulatory Affairs or a similar area of the pharmaceutical industry.

For further details, see the regularly updated IQVIA jobs portal link: https://jobs.iqvia.com/en-US/search?keywords=regulatory%20affairs&location=&facetcountry=gb

Unless expressly stated "Office Based - Reading UK", the positions can be remotely based in any EU/UK country subject to agreement of the UK-based managers. Successful applicants who reside in Dublin are encouraged to utilise the IQVIA Ireland Office in Eastpoint Business Park, Fairview as their remote working base.

For informal enquiries, please contact brian.lalor@iqvia.com

Please join us for the PIER Summer BBQ in McGrattans, Baggot Street, Dublin on Friday 29th June 2018 from 7.30pm.

RSVP to membership@pier.ie by Wednesday 27th June 2018. 

In 2017, PIER ran a six month pilot mentorship programme for experienced pharmacists working in patient-facing roles and early industry career pharmacists. Twelve pharmacists participated (8 patient-facing and 4 industry based). The pilot was supported by an external consultant who assisted with the development of a framework for this initiative. Based on the positive feedback and successful outcomes of the pilot, PIER is planning to roll out another programme in 2018.

Patient-Facing Pharmacists
We are now seeking expressions of interest from mentors and mentees for the follow-on programme focusing on patient-facing pharmacists initially to commence by 1st July 2018. 

Mentor Volunteers: Support / Guide
We are looking to establish a panel of experienced industry based pharmacists who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have at least five years experience in a number of industry/regulatory roles with some management experience.
  • Can commit to supporting a fellow pharmacist make the transition into an industry role. The time commitment is envisaged as one face-to-face meeting/t-con initially and one monthly meeting/call for a period of six months. 

Mentees: Professional Growth
We are seeking expressions of interest from patient-facing pharmacists only who are looking to make the initial transition into an industry role. A limited number of mentee spaces will be available which will be allocated based on the number of suitable mentors that come forward. The criteria for involvement include:

  • Minimum 3 years qualified.
  • Based in Ireland.
  • Be committed to making the transition into an industry role.
  • Be willing to work positively with an assigned mentor. 

Expressions of Interest:
We are asking both interested mentors and mentees to contact PIER to express interest in the 2018 programme by Monday 11th June 2018 (email: piermentorship@gmail.com). 

Mentors: Please outline your industry and management experience to-date. 

Mentees: Outline your experience to-date, the area of industry of interest and a few lines outlining why you are interested in a career in industry. 

Early Career Pharmacists
Once the patient facing pharmacists programme is up and running, the PIER committee considering rolling out a separate programme for early career pharmacists (i.e. someone with at least 2 years industry experience) to comments by Sept/Oct 2018. If interested in acting as a mentor or mentee on this programme, please email piermentorship@gmail.com also. 


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