Standards for pharmacy education

Standards of initial education and training for pharmacists

Standards of initial education and training for pharmacists set out the criteria against which we will approve education and training for student pharmacists and pre-registration trainee pharmacists. The standards ensure that newly registered pharmacists are competent to practise safely and effectively.

For more information please view the full version of these standards:

GPhC Standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists

Standards for the education and training of non-EEA pharmacists wanting to register in Great Britain

These standards set out the criteria against which we will approve education and training for non-EEA pharmacists who want to register in Great Britain. The standards ensure that pharmacists from outside of the EEA are competent to practise safely and effectively.

For more information please view the full version of these standards:

GPhC Standards for the education and training of non-EEA pharmacists

Standards of initial education and training for pharmacy technicians

Standards of initial education and training for pharmacy technicians set out the criteria against which we will approve education and training for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians. The standards ensure that newly registered pharmacy technicians are competent to practise safely and effectively.

See the standards that pharmacy technician education and training currently needs to meet

In October 2017 we published new standards for the initial education and training  of pharmacy technicians.  Training providers are expected to design courses incorporating the new standards during 2018-2019, and to offer courses based on the new standards from 2019. 

See the new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians here

See the new evidence framework for those designing and developing courses incorporating the new standards

Education and training requirements for pharmacist independent prescribers

These documents set out the criteria against which we will approve education and training programmes to train pharmacists as independent prescribers. The accreditation criteria, learning outcomes and indicative content ensure that pharmacists who are annotated on the register as independent prescribers are competent to practise safely and effectively.

For more information please view the full versions of these requirements:

GPhC accreditation criteria, learning outcomes and indicative content for pharmacist independent prescribing programmes

GPhC accreditation criteria, learning outcomes and indicative content for pharmacist independent prescribing conversion programmes*

* Requirements for supplementary prescribers wishing to train to become independent prescribers

Education Procedures for the initial education and training of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

The GPhC has a set of procedures which are the framework in which its education work functions. They should be read in conjunction with other relevant documents, like our Accreditation and Recognition Manuals, Registration Assessment Regulations etc.

GPhC Education Procedures December 2013

Guidance on tutoring for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

These documents give guidance to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who act as tutors for pre-registration trainee pharmacists and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians.

Guidance on tutoring for pre-registration pharmacist tutors

Guidance on supervising pharmacy professionals in training