New language and revised indemnity requirements

Evidence of English language skills

A new law now makes it a legal requirement for all registrants and applicants to have the necessary knowledge of English for safe and effective practice as a condition of their registration with us. This means that if you are applying to register as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, you will need to provide evidence that you meet requirements. If you are applying to renew or restore your registration, you may need to provide evidence to show you meet the requirements.  

The law applies whether you qualified as a pharmacy professional

  • in the UK;
  • in another European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland; or
  • in a country outside of the UK, EEA or Switzerland.

Under the new law we must publish guidance setting out the evidence, information or documents you must provide to show you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely in Great Britain and our processes for checking this. Read our guidance here.

As well as this guidance, we have updated:

Please do make sure you read the supporting guidance to make sure you understand the new requirements.

Revised indemnity requirements

As a condition of your registration you are required to have a professional indemnity arrangement in place before you start to practise. A change in the law now means that the way we ask you to declare the indemnity arrangements you have in place to practise has changed. If you are applying to join the register, or to renew or restore your registration, make sure you understand the new declarations.

Find out more about professional indemnity requirements