Temporary registration in response to the COVID-19 emergency

About the temporary register

The temporary register was for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working or volunteering in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

People on the temporary register were required to meet the standards for pharmacy professionals [PDF 375 KB], including working within the limits of their skills and competence.

The temporary register closed on 31 March 2024. 

Background to the temporary register

We have powers under the Pharmacy Order 2010 to register on a temporary basis fit, proper and suitably experienced people to act as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians if an emergency is declared by the Secretary of State.

In March 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked the GPhC to use its emergency powers to register pharmacy professionals rapidly to assist in the national response to the COVID-19 emergency. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain were registered on a temporary basis if they met GPhC criteria:

  • left the GPhC register no more than three years before March 2020
  • were removed from the register on a voluntary basis, or due to non-renewal of registration
  • had no live fitness to practise issues.

Those eligible for temporary registration, and that we could contact through the last email address we held on file, were given the option to opt-out before the register went live.

In September 2023, the UK Government requested that health regulators close their temporary registers at the end of March 2024, as it expected the emergency conditions under which the temporary registers were originally established, would no longer apply.