Who we work with

We work closely with many different people, groups and organisations.

Patients and the public

We regularly work with patients, carers and users of pharmacy services, and the groups that represent them to inform the development of our policies and the way we regulate.

Governments, the NHS, commissioners and providers

We work closely with the governments and the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as with local government and other commissioners and providers of health and social care. This helps us to ensure we regulate in a way that is responsive, and reflective of, developments in all three countries.

Professional and trade associations and bodies

We work with a range of organisations that represent the interests of pharmacy professionals or pharmacy owners. We meet with these groups to help us understand the experiences of pharmacy professionals and to inform our work.

Education bodies

We set standards for the education and training of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. To help us do this we work closely with organisations involved with pharmacy education and training.

UK health and social care regulators

We work together with other healthcare regulators to share information and examples of good practice.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) oversees the work of the GPhC, and the other health and social care professional regulators. The PSA reviews our performance, conducts audits, scrutinises our decisions and reports to Parliament.

Formal arrangement for working with others organisations

We have set up Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of organisations. These are formal arrangements that set out how we will work together. MOUs help us to share information and intelligence and to avoid duplicating work.

We have memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with:

Along with eight other healthcare regulators, we have also signed up to the 'Emerging Concerns Protocol’, a process to share and receive information and intelligence about possible risks to users of services, their carers, families or professionals.