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General Pharmaceutical Council

Annual report

Annual fitness to practise report
Annual accounts 2018-19

About us

Who we are

We regulate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Great Britain. 

We work to assure and improve standards of care for people using pharmacy services.

What we do

Our role is to protect the public and give them assurance that they will receive safe and effective care when using pharmacy services.

We set standards for pharmacy professionals and pharmacies to enter and remain on our register.

We ask pharmacy professionals and pharmacies for evidence that they are continuing to meet our standards, and this includes inspecting pharmacies.

We act to protect the public and to uphold public confidence in pharmacy if there are concerns about a pharmacy professional or pharmacy on our register.

Through our work we help to promote professionalism, support continuous improvement and assure the quality and safety of pharmacy.

Changes to…

Our Council

This year five of our council members finished their second term on 31 March 2019. We would like to thank Berwyn Owen, David Prince, Mary Elford, Mohammed Hussain and Samantha Quaye for their contribution.

We carried out a recruitment process during Autumn 2018 and five new council members have been appointed by the Privy Council. The new members, Aamer Safdar, Ann Jacklin, Neil Buckley, Penny Hopkins and Rima Makarem, started their term in April 2019.

Three present members of the Council, Arun Midha, Joanne Kember and Mark Hammond, have been re-appointed for a second term.

You can find out more about our Council members in the 'About us' section of our website.

Our staff

Mark Voce was appointed Director of Education and Standards in January 2019, after taking on the role on an interim basis in 2018. Carole Auchterlonie joined us in January 2019 as Director of Fitness to Practise. 

Megan Forbes, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Corporate Resources, left the organisation in August 2018.

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