The PSI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will assist joint working between the agencies, particularly when there are overlapping interests or areas of mutual concern.

The MOU has been welcomed by the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD. “We have seen over recent weeks and months that sport and physical activity play an important role in our daily lives,” she said. “As competitive sport resumes as we enter phase 3 of the Covid-19 restrictions, we need to make sure that our collective fight against doping in sport continues to be relentless. The signing of the MOU between Sport Ireland and the PSI is a positive step for anti-doping in Ireland and an excellent example of agencies of the State working together for the greater good.”

In signing the MOU, Mr John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland, and PSI Registrar/Chief Officer Mr Niall Byrne stated that the memorandum focuses on their common purpose as public bodies. It provides a clear framework that governs and strengthens the working relationship between the organisations, both of which are tasked with upholding standards of conduct and good practice in the public interest. 

Mr Treacy said: “The signing of the MOU with the PSI is an important step for Sport Ireland in the evolution of the anti-doping system in Ireland. Sport Ireland continues to place an increased emphasis on intelligence and investigation, which has led to increased efficiencies in how the programme functions. 

“Working with authorities and individuals, including public interest regulators like the PSI, is critical to our ongoing efforts to eliminate doping and preserve the integrity of sport.”

Mr Byrne added: “Our role in the PSI is to protect, maintain and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring that the standards of practise and the reputation of the profession of pharmacy are upheld. I am pleased that the PSI can engage with Sport Ireland to exchange information that supports the wider public interest.  This includes ensuring that those who are registered with the PSI conduct themselves in a competent and ethical manner, and in doing so contribute to reducing the scope for harmful and improper use of substances in sport.”