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.

Revalidation: find out which standards you will need to reflect on

By now, some of you will have successfully submitted your first reflective account alongside your other revalidation records. Depending on when you joined the register, you may be submitting your first reflective account to us up until October 2020.

As part of your revalidation, you have to submit a reflective account record, alongside a peer discussion, and four continued professional development (CPD) records.

Changes to the education and training of pharmacy support staff

The GPhC’s governing council has agreed new education and training requirements and learning outcomes for all pharmacy support roles.

The Council decided to introduce the new requirements after considering the feedback received from consultation and engagement with the pharmacy sector, pharmacy support staff, pharmacy professionals, members of the public and education and training providers.