Working abroad and registering with other UK regulators

If you are currently registered with us and you want to practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in another country, the registration body will usually require us to provide them with a certificate of current professional status (CCPS), sometimes known as a ‘letter of good standing’, which confirms that you have met our registration criteria and provides information about your registration with us.

What does a CCPS include?

The CCPS will include:

  • your full name
  • your registered address
  • your date of birth
  • details of your pharmacy education
  • your current registration status
  • details of any current and past fitness to practise matters

This means that the CCPS may include information which is not in the public domain.

Requesting a CCPS

To request a CCPS, complete the appropriate form: 

Certificate of Current Professional Standing and Fitness to Practise History form - Pharmacists

Certificate of Current Professional Standing and Fitness to Practise History form - Pharmacy Technicians

You can send the completed form to us: 

  • by post – send a hard copy of the form to us at the address on the form. We recommend that you use a trackable service such as Royal Mail ‘Signed For’, and use the tracking number to find out when your application has been delivered.
  • by email – send a single scanned PDF copy of your completed form to registers@pharmacyregulation.org

If you do not have any current or past fitness to practice issues, we will create and send your CCPS directly to the organisation that requires it.

Once we receive your correctly completed form, it will take around 28 days for us to prepare your CCPS. We will notify you by that we have sent your CCPS.

The CCPS is usually valid for six months from the date of issue.

We do not complete the EUR 3 and EUR 4 forms supplied by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, as the CCPS meets all their registration requirements.

We may also receive requests for information directly from registration bodies. We will deal with these requests in accordance with the law, in particular the Pharmacy Order 2010 and the rules made under the Order, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the common law duty of confidentiality.

Fitness to practise

If you have previously been the subject of a fitness to practise allegation, we will include a summary of the case and the outcome of the investigation or hearing in your CCPS.

If you are subject to an ongoing GPhC investigation, or have had an allegation referred to our Fitness to Practise Committee, we will include a summary of the outstanding matters in your CCPS.

We will send you details of any fitness to practise information that we intend to include in your CCPS, and ask you for your consent to disclose it.  Please check this information carefully to make sure that it relates to you and is accurate.

We will not forward the completed CCPS to the organisation that requested it until you have confirmed in writing, within 21 days, that you want to proceed.

You will still need to pay the administration fee for the preparation of the CCPS, even if you tell us that you do not want the CCPS to be sent.

Your GPhC registration

If you want to stay registered with us while you are working abroad, you must complete revalidation, make your fitness to practise declarations and pay your renewal fee as normal. Make sure you check your email, and log in to myGPhC to check your notifications.

If you don’t want to stay registered with us, complete a voluntary removal form to leave the register. Applying for voluntary removal is free, allows you to decide when your register entry is removed, and makes it easier and cheaper to re-join the register if you want to (if you re-join within 12 months, the fee you will pay is less than if you let your registration expire).