need for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) Programme in
the re-certification of all Health Professionals was acknowledged by the
maiden national Health summit in 1995. This was followed by the directive of
the Honourable Minister of Health in 1996 to the Professional Regulatory
Bodies to discuss the modalities for the early take-off of the Programme.
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) in line with Government directives
commenced the first cycle of the Mandatory Continuing Professional
Development programme, MCPD, (formerly Mandatory Continuing Professional Education,
MCPE), for re-certification of Pharmacists on 1st April, 1998,
and rounded off the cycle in December 2003. The second cycle commenced in
The programme is designed to update the knowledge of Pharmacists, to enable
them keep abreast of advancements in Pharmaceutical development and modern
trends in Pharmacy. This is to enhance their skills in the process of
providing Pharmaceutical care.
The objectives of MCPD are to: -
(a) Update the knowledge of Pharmacists to assist them in keeping abreast of
advancements in Pharmaceutical knowledge and changes in Pharmacy Practice.
(b) Provide opportunity to supplement the initial training of Pharmacists and
expand their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the consumers of
(c) Improve skills and knowledge to ensure continued relevance of Pharmacists in
the Health Management Team.
(d) Provide a forum for cross-fertilization of ideas/experience which would
enhance competence and commitment; this will help to improve quality of
products and services.
(e) Serve as an on-going process of change, which will assist Pharmacists to
adapt, contribute and participate actively in the implementation of change.
Ensure that the Pharmacist is statutorily fit to offer the services
for which he is licensed in line with the provisions of Section 14 (1) and
(6) of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act 91 of 1992.
3.0 The Programme
The MCPD is a 3-year cycle programme developed into three modules each running for two days at a time. To qualify for
re-certification, a Pharmacist must obtain a minimum of thirty (30) credit
units. Every Pharmacist must obtain the minimum of thirty (30) credit units
within the re-certification period of three years either by, attendance of
all the three modules, or attendance of adequate number of any local,
regional or, and international conferences recognised by PCN in addition to
attendance of at least two modules of MCPD Programmes. In a
given year, Pharmacists are to attend not more than two modules. For
documentation, maximum credit units accruable to a module is ten (10).Each
programme is allowed a minimum of fifty (50 and maximum of one hundred and
fifty (150) participants.
1. University of Benin,
University of Uyo,
Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
University of Nigeria,
Olabisi Onabanjo University,
Sagamu, Ogun State.
University of Lagos,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Ahmadu Bello University,
University of Jos,
University of Ibadan,
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research & Dev.,
Idu Industrial Area, Idu,Abuja.
11. West African
Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Yaba, Lagos.