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GPhC launches consultation on pharmacist independent prescribers

14 March 2018
Consultation seeks views on education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers

GPhC Council agree implementation date for revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician

8 March 2018
The GPhC Council today agreed that revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician in Great Britain will come into effect on 31 August 2018, in advance of the 2018-2019 academic year. The criteria set out the required education, training and experience needed in order to register as a pharmacy technician.

Registration renewal fees to remain at current levels

8 March 2018
Our governing council has decided that registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the financial year 2018/19.

Council meeting 8 March 2018

6 March 2018
Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 8 March 2018.

Current weather conditions: putting patients first

28 February 2018
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) recognises that extreme weather conditions forecast across Great Britain could present major challenges for all those affected, including pharmacies providing vital services to patients.

GPhC welcomes new measures to improve patient safety

23 February 2018
We welcome the new measures to help reduce medication errors and improve patient safety announced by the Secretary of State today.

GPhC responds to Which? article on pharmacies

16 February 2018
The consumer publication Which? has published an article on trust in pharmacies. The GPhC responds.

GPhC responds to concerns raised by pharmacy professionals in relation to the case of Dr Bawa-Garba

6 February 2018
“We recognise that the GMC case of Dr Bawa-Garba has caused concern among pharmacy professionals. It is a difficult and tragic case and we will be considering any implications with others. We will actively engage with the rapid review commissioned by the Secretary of State and led by Professor Norman Williams, and carefully consider all of the outcomes of that review.

GPhC council meeting on 8 February

2 February 2018
Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 8 February 2018.

New threshold criteria for fitness to practise investigations come into effect

31 January 2018
We have now published new threshold criteria which apply to all decisions from 1st February 2018 and are used to decide whether a case should be referred to the investigating committee. The criteria are set out in new Good decision-making: Investigations and threshold criteria guidance. This completes the suite of good decision making guidance for each stage of the fitness to practise process.

GPhC seeks reforms to improve assurance for patients and support professionalism of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

24 January 2018
We have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation. Read our response here.

GPhC responds to BBC Inside Out

9 January 2018
Following the airing of BBC Inside Out's programme, "Boots: Pharmacists Under Pressure", the GPhC has released a statement

Department of Health consultation is an opportunity for positive reform says GPhC

31 October 2017
The Department of Health has today launched a consultation on the regulatory reform of health professional regulation in which it asks questions on how to improve the protection of the public through more efficient, responsive and effective regulation.

Updated strategic plan 2017-20

19 December 2017
We have published our updated strategic plan 2017-20, which sets out the progress we have made in the first year of our plan under our three strategic aims.

GPhC responds to the publication of the PDA’s ‘Safer Pharmacies Charter’

15 December 2017
We have responded to the Pharmacist's Defence Association's Safer Pharmacies Charter published earlier this month

GPhC Council gives green light to implementation of revalidation in a ‘step-change’ for pharmacy professionals

8 December 2017
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals from 30 March 2018, after its Council approved the framework for revalidation and agreed the timetable for its implementation.

Our response to Dispensing Errors Order laid before Parliament

14 November 2017
On Tuesday 14 November the Department of Health laid the Dispensing Errors (Registered Pharmacies) Order before Parliament.