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The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain.
It is our job to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public, and in particular those members of the public who use or need the services of pharmacy professionals or the services provided at a registered pharmacy.
Pharmacy is a healthcare profession requiring a high level of education and training. To qualify as a pharmacist takes a minimum of five years and includes the successful completion of a GPhC accredited Master of Pharmacy Degree (MPharm), which is a full-time four-year course, as well as one year's pre-registration training.
Current pharmacy technician training involves completing both a knowledge and a competence qualification. This can be achieved either by undertaking GPhC-accredited courses or GPhC-recognised qualifications. Whilst completing these courses a trainee pharmacy technician also needs to complete a minimum period of work experience, as such it takes a minimum of two years to qualify as a pharmacy technician.
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