COVID-19 Q&A: for professionals on the temporary register

We have compiled answers to the questions we are being asked in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Categorised by theme, use the links below to navigate to the relevant section. 

Last reviewed 26 September 2022.

Practical considerations

Information for employers   

Read our policy on temporary registration arrangements [PDF 156 KB]

Practical considerations

What are the requirements for temporary registrants?

Anyone who is entered temporarily on the register will be required to meet the standards for pharmacy professionals and have the appropriate indemnity insurance.

Read our policy on temporary registration arrangements [PDF 156 KB] for further information about the requirements. We are currently reviewing this policy and will be in touch with pharmacy professionals on the temporary register to let them know if we make any changes to the policy and if they need to take any actions in order to remain on the temporary register.

Will I have to pay a fee while I am on the temporary register?

No, you will not have to pay any fee to temporarily return to the register.

What would happen if a fitness to practise concern was raised about me while I am practising on the temporary register?

Where a concern is raised about a pharmacy professional with temporary registration, it will be considered on the specific facts of the case, taking into account the factors relevant to the environment in which the professional is working and the risk to patient and public safety. We will also take account of any relevant information about resource, guidelines or protocols in place at the time.

The fitness to practise concern process for temporary registrants

We will quickly assess the nature and extent of the risk to patient safety. This will be done by undertaking a swift and thorough review of the available evidence to understand the seriousness of the concern and if there is a real risk to patients. We will assess whether the professional is able to carry out their role safely and effectively or whether continuing to allow temporary registration would undermine trust and confidence in the professions.

Once we have reviewed the evidence, we will administratively remove a professional with temporary registration if the evidence suggests that removal is:

  • necessary to protect the public
  • otherwise in the public interest
  • in the interests of the pharmacy professional

Administrative removal means that the registrar will immediately remove the person from the temporary register and they will no longer be able to practise as a pharmacy professional.

If we decide to not administratively remove then the professional will be eligible to remain in practice until the need for temporary professionals passes and they are removed with all others.

Find out more about how we will deal with concerns about pharmacy professionals with temporary registration in our guidance.

How long will the temporary register continue?

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has asked the General Pharmaceutical Council to keep our temporary register open until 2024.

 We will contact all those on the temporary register to inform them in advance of the date when the temporary register will close once a date is agreed.

In the meantime, if you want your name to be removed from the temporary register, you can fill in a survey to tell us you want to leave.

Information for employers

I’m an employer - what do I need to do if I want to employ someone on the temporary register?

If you are a pharmacy owner or employer, when employing a pharmacy professional on the temporary register, you must make sure:

  • the person’s name appears on the temporary register
  • you carry out appropriate identity checks for all staff they employ
  • all staff have the right knowledge, skills and competence for their role and the tasks they carry out, including in relation to their English language skills
  • all staff have appropriate indemnity insurance for the tasks they carry out, including pharmacy professionals on the temporary register
  • all staff they employ are fit to practise in that particular role

We have produced guidance for employers on their responsibilities [PDF 169 KB] if they employ a pharmacy professional on the temporary register.

Information on how we will manage concerns about professionals with temporary registration is available here[PDF 164 KB]