Equality, diversity and inclusion

The General Pharmaceutical Council is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and being inclusive in all our work as a health professions regulator and an employer.

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are central to everything that we do and are woven throughout our Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan, which set out our roadmap for the future of pharmacy regulation.

To make sure that EDI is fully integrated in all our work, we have recently finalised a proposal for the first GPhC EDI Strategy. The draft strategy identifies three key themes underpinned by a series of EDI objectives and a set of strategic outcomes to help us evaluate impact and measure the success.

Our governing Council agreed that we should consult on Delivering equality, improving diversity and fostering inclusion: our draft strategy 2021 – 2026 on 11 March 2021. We are currently consulting on the draft strategy with stakeholders, patients and members of the public. Follow this link to have your say.

Our draft strategy is designed to:

  • Support us to achieve the GPhC Vision 2030 of ‘Safe and effective pharmacy care at the heart of healthier communities’
  • Set out how we will work together and with others to transform our approach to EDI
  • Help shape our day to day work in a holistic way, ensuring that we are continually thinking about the specific needs of the different groups and people that we work with

Wheel with the three themes of our strategy. Theme 1 is ‘To make regulatory decisions that are demonstrably fair and lawful, and so free from discrimination and bias’. Theme 2 is ‘To use our standards to proactively help tackle discrimination in all pharmacy settings and to make sure everyone can access person-centred care, fostering equality in health outcomes’ Theme 3 is ‘To lead by example and demonstrate best practice within our organisation, holding ourselves to the same high standards we expect of others’.


Our memberships

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and also member of Business Disability Forum.

Being members of specialist equality organisations leading in their sectors means that we are a part of a wider pool of employers and organisations from across sectors on a journey to advance equality, raise awareness, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. Through our memberships, we receive dedicated support and advice, and keep abreast of the most up to dated good practice to support patients, registrants, our workforce and wider stakeholders.  

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Welsh Language Scheme

The GPhC recognises the cultural and linguistic needs of the Welsh speaking public and we are committed to implementing the principle of equality at every opportunity and can see the full value in providing a service to patients and the public in their chosen language. The Welsh language scheme [PDF 646 KB] has been agreed so that the GPhC can provide services to the Welsh speaking public.