Brexit: key information for pharmacy professionals and pharmacy owners

The transition process began on the 31 January 2020 when the United Kingdom left the European Union. During this time, the United Kingdom has continued to be subject to EU rules and remained a member of the single market and customs union. However, on 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period will come to an end. As a result, the registration process for some pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with non-UK qualifications will change.

“A Safe Space has saved my life”: how pharmacies are helping people find a way out of domestic abuse

In May, we contacted community pharmacies to ask them to consider providing a Safe Space for people experiencing domestic abuse in their consultation room as part of the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign run by Hestia, a national charity. Over 1 in 4 pharmacies are now taking part in the scheme and a recent report from Hestia estimates that Safe Spaces in pharmacies have been used over 3700 times already- which demonstrates how high the need is from people experiencing domestic abuse.

Emergency legislation: provision for the supply of controlled drugs

At the end of April, three temporary emergency measures relating to controlled drugs were introduced by the UK Government into legislation.

The controlled drug legislation allows ministers in Great Britain and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to invoke flexibilities for the supply of controlled drugs during a pandemic. These measures are not currently enabled and would only be applied in limited circumstances, following an announcement by the Secretary of State.

Helping people understand what they can expect when visiting your pharmacy

Have you found a place to display your poster?

We’ve launched a range of resources including a poster and online guide to help people understand what they can expect from pharmacy professionals and the services they provide. They summarise the standards that pharmacies and pharmacy professionals have to meet and were developed using feedback from members of the public.

Our response to the PSA review

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has published its review of our performance against the PSA’s Standards of Good Regulation in 2018/19.

The PSA found that we met 20 out of 24 of the Standards of Good Regulation in 2018/19, including all of the standards relating to guidance and standards, education and training and registration.