Apothecaries Act 1815

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1815 c. 194
Anno Regni GEORGII III. Britanniarum Regis,Quinquagesimo Quinto. An Act for better regulating the Practice of Apothecaries throughoutEngland and Wales .

(55 Geo. 3) C A P. CXCIV.

[12th July 1815]

'WHEREAS His Majesty KingJames the First, by Letters Patent, under the Great Seal of Great Britain , bearing Date the Sixth Day of December , in the Fifteenth Year of his Reign, did for Himself, his Heirs and Successors, grant unto William Besse , and divers other Persons therein named, and to all and singular other Persons whomsoever, brought up and skilful in the Art, Mystery or Faculty of Apothecaries, and exercising the same Art, Mystery or Faculty, then being Freemen of the Mystery of Grocers of the City of London , or being Freemen of any other Art, Mystery or Faculty in the said City of London (so as they had been brought up and were expert in the Art or Mystery of Apothecaries) that they and all such Men of the said Art and Mystery of Apothecaries of and in the said City of London and Suburbs of the same, and within seven Miles of the said City, might and should be one Body Corporate and Politic, in Substance, Deed and Name, by the Name of ‘The Master, Wardens and Society of the Art and Mystery of Apothecaries of the City of London ;’ and did ordain and declare, that by the same Name they might have perpetual Succession, and have, purchase, possess, enjoy and retain Manors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Liberties, Privileges, Franchises, Jurisdictions and Hereditaments to them and their Successors, in Fee Simple, and Perpetuity, or for Term of Year or Years, or otherwise howsoever; and also Goods and Chattels, and all other Things soever, of what Name, Nature, Kind, Quality or Sort soever they should be; and also that they might grant, demise, alien, assign and dispose of Manors, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments, and do and execute all and singular other Acts and Things by the said Name; and that by the said Name of Master, Wardens and Society of the Art and Mystery of Apothecaries of the City of London , they should and might be able to plead and be impleaded, and might have for ever a Common Seal, and the same Seal at their Pleasure from time to time might break, change, alter and new make, as to them should seem best; and His said Majesty did, by his said Letters Patent, ordain and grant unto the said Master, Wardens and Society of the Art and Mystery of Apothecaries aforesaid, certain Ordinances, Rules and Regulations, to be observed, kept and maintained by them, as in the said Charter are more fully expressed: And Whereas some of the Clauses and Provisions contained in the said recited Charter, so fat as the same regard the said Society of Apothecaries, have been found inadequate for the Purposes thereby intended, and it is therefore expedient that the same should be altered, varied and enlarged, and further and other Provisions made;' May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by The King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That the said recited Charter of the Fifteenth Year of the Reign of His Majesty KingJames the First, and all and every the Powers, Provisions, Penalties, Forfeitures, Regulations, Clauses, Matters and Things therein contained (save and except such Part or Parts thereof as are hereby altered, varied or repealed), shall be, and the same is and are hereby declared to be in full force and virtue, and shall be as good, valid and effectual to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever as if this Act had not been made.

S-II So much of Charter as directs Master and Wardens, to enter Shops of Apothecaries and examine Medicines, &c. and impose Penalties, repealed.

II So much of Charter as directs Master and Wardens, to enter Shops of Apothecaries and examine Medicines, &c. and impose Penalties, repealed.

II. And be it further enacted, That so much of the said recited Charter as directs that the said Master and Wardens, and their Successors, or some or one of them, or some Assistants by the Master and Wardens to be appointed and assigned, at fit and convenient times, and in manner and Form convenient and lawful, from time to time as often as to the said Master and Wardens shall seem expedient, shall and may go and enter into any Shop or Shops, House or Houses, Cellar or Cellars, of any Persons whomsoever, using or exercising the Art or Mystery of Apothecaries, or any Part thereof, within the City ofLondon , the Liberties or Suburbs thereof, or within Seven Miles of the same City, as well within the Liberty as without, where any Medicines, simple or compound, Wares, Drugs, Receipts, Distilled Waters, Chemical Oils, Syrups, Conserves, Lohocks, Electuaries, Pills, Powders, Lozenges, Oils, Ointments, Plaisters, or any other Things whatsoever, which belong or appertain to the Art or Mystery of Apothecaries as is aforesaid, are likely to be found; and to search, surrey and prove if the same Medicines, simple or compound, Wares, Drugs, Receipts, Distilled Waters, Chemical Oils, Syrups, Conserves, Lohocks, Electuaries, Pills, Powders, Lozenges, Oils, Ointments, Plaisters, or any Thing or Things whatsoever belonging to the Art or Mystery of Apothecaries aforesaid, be and shall be wholesome, medicinable, meet and fit for the Cure, Health and Ease of His Majesty's Subjects; and also so much of the said recited Charter as directs, that the aforesaid Master and Wardens of the Mystery aforesaid, and the said Assistants for the time being, thereunto nominated and appointed by the Master and Wardens, and their Successors from time to time, may have, and by virtue of these Presents shall have full Power and Authority to examine and try all and singular Persons professing, using or exercising, or which hereafter shall profess, use or exercise the Art or Mystery of Apothecaries, or any Part thereof, within the aforesaid City of London , the Liberties or Suburbs thereof, or within Seven Miles of the same City, as well within Liberties as without, touching or concerning their and every of their Knowledge, Skill and Science, in the aforesaid Art or Mystery of Apothecaries, and to remove and prohibit all those from the Exercise, Use or Practice of the said Art or Mystery, whom hereafter they shall find either unskilful, ignorant or insufficient, or obstinate, or refusing to be examined by virtue of these Presents, in the Art or Mystery aforesaid; and also all and singular Medicines, Wares, Drugs, Receipts, Distilled Waters, Oils, Chemical Preparations, Syrups, Conserves, Lohocks, Electuaries, Pills, Powders, Lozenges, Oils, Ointments and Plaisters, and all other Things belonging to the aforesaid Art, which they shall find unlawful, deceitful, stale, out of Use, unwholesome, corrupt, unmedicinable, pernicious, or hurtful, to burn before the Offender's Doors; and also to lay, impose, and exact Mulcts, and other Pains and Penalties, by Fines and Amerciaments upon such Offenders, according to their found Discretions, and the Ordinances by them and their Successors so as aforesaid to be made and appointed, shall be and the same is hereby repealed.

S-III Master, Wardens, &c. empowered to enter Shops of Apothecaries, &c. and examine Drugs, &c.

III Master, Wardens, &c. empowered to enter Shops of Apothecaries, &c. and examine Drugs, &c.

III. And be it further enacted, That, in lieu and stead thereof, the said Master, Wardens and Society of Apothecaries for the time being, and their Successors, or any of the Assistants, or any other Person or Persons properly qualified, as hereinafter is mentioned, to be by the Master and Wardens nominated and assigned, not being fewer in Number than Two Persons at the least, shall and may from time to time, and at all seasonable and convenient times, in the Day time, as often as to the said Master and Wardens it shall seem expedient, go and enter into any Shop or Shops, of any Person or Persons whatever, using or exercising the Art or Mystery of an Apothecary in any Part ofEngland or Wales ; and shall and may search, survey, prove and determine, if the Medicines, simple or compound, Wares, Drugs, or any Thing or Things whatsoever therein contained, and belonging to the Art or Mystery of Apothecaries aforesaid, be wholesome, meet and fit for the Cure, Health and Ease of His Majesty's Subjects; and all and every such Medicines, Wares, Drugs and all other Things belonging to the aforesaid Art, which they shall find false, unlawful, deceitful, stale, unwholesome, corrupt, pernicious or hurtful, shall and may burn, or otherwise destroy; and also shall and may report to the Master, Wardens and Assistants of the said Society, the Name or Names of such Person or Persons as shall be found to have the same in their Possession; and the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, shall and may impose and levy the following Fines and Penalties upon each and every Person whose Name shall be so reported to them, as hereinafter mentioned; for the First Offence the Sum of Five Pounds, for the Second Offence the Sum of Ten Pounds, and for the Third and every other Offence the Sum of Twenty Pounds.

S-IV Qualification of Persons appointed to examine Drugs, &c.

IV Qualification of Persons appointed to examine Drugs, &c.

IV. Provided always, and be it enacted, That no Person to be by the Master, Wardens and Assistants for the time being, chosen and appointed a Member of the Court of Examiners, or to be by the Master and Wardens nominated and assigned to go and enter into any Shop or Shops, for the Purposes aforesaid, within the City ofLondon , the Liberties or Suburbs thereof, or within Thirty Miles of the same, shall be deemed to be properly qualified, unless he shall be a Member of the Society of Apothecaries aforesaid, of not less than Ten Years standing; nor shall any Person be deemed to be properly...

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