This month we are focusing on managing and dispensing medicines safely and effectively, in our series of articles which we hope will help pharmacy owners and the pharmacy team continually improve the services they provide to patients and the public.
Pharmacy professionals play a vital role in supplying medicines safely and helping their patients to make informed decisions about their medicines and manage their treatment and care.
Our governing council has decided that registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the financial year 2017/18.
Registration renewal fees will continue to be £250 for pharmacists, £118 for pharmacy technicians and £241 for registered pharmacies.
The council approved the organisation’s budget for 2017/18 at its meeting in February and agreed as part of the budget that fee levels should remain unchanged.
Tax relief on registration renewal fees
There’s still time to give us your views on three important consultations, which close soon- please respond now and make sure your views are heard.
Initial education and training standards of pharmacy technicians
There is just under a week left to respond to our consultation on the new standards that all pharmacy technicians applying for registration must meet- please don’t miss your opportunity to help shape the new standards.
Our first call using a sampling method to select CPD records for review started this month – and we have also been piloting a new approach to CPD recording that will help provide further assurance to the public that the standards for pharmacy professionals continue to be met.
More than half the medical products bought online are fake or unlicensed and in 2015, £15.8 million worth of fake medication seized over one month alone in Operation Pangea.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched the #FakeMeds campaign in August 2016 to tackle the growing issue of falsified, unlicensed and counterfeit medicines and medical devices bought online.
A new law has come into force which introduces a requirement for all pharmacy professionals to provide evidence that they have the necessary skills in English language to practise safely and effectively.
As a part of these changes, we will now be able to check that pharmacy professionals who qualified in the European Economic Area have the necessary knowledge of English. Previously, if a pharmacy professional was a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, we could not check their English language skills before they joined the register.
Our council has agreed a change to the CPD framework to reflect a new approach to how CPD records will be called for review.
From now on, a random sample (a minimum of 2.5%) of pharmacy professionals will have their CPD records called for review on an annual basis.
One of the key ways we safeguard the health and safety of the public is by maintaining a register of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
You can only practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, or call yourself one of these titles, in Great Britain if you are on our register.