Definition of fitness to practise

What is ''fitness to practise''?

We consider a pharmacy professional fit to practise when they can demonstrate the skills, knowledge, character and health required to do their job safely and effectively.

We describe fitness to practise as a person’s suitability to be on the register without restrictions. In practical terms, this means: maintaining appropriate standards of proficiency ensuring you are of good health and good character, and you are adhering to principles of good practice set out in our various, standards, guidance and advice.

All registrants must complete a fitness to practise declaration with their registration renewal which they complete once per year. This declaration requires registrants to inform us if there is any reason why their fitness to practise is impaired.

A pharmacy professional's fitness to practise can be impaired for a number of reasons including misconduct, lack of competence,ill-health and through having been convicted of a criminal offence.

In addition to this declaration registrants are required to let us know within 7 days if their status changes at any point during the year.

Registrants are also required to complete continuing professional development, demonstrating their commitment to keeping up to date with developments in pharmacy practise.

What happens if a pharmacy professional's fitness to practise is impaired?

If a pharmacy professional's fitness to practise is found to be impaired the GPhC can:

  • Issue the pharmacy professional with a warning;
  • Impose conditions on the pharmacy professional's practice;
  • Suspend the pharmacy professional from practising;
  • Remove the pharmacy professional from the Register.