We are consulting on proposals to increase registration fees for pharmacy premises from £262 to £365.
Fees for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will not be increased this year.
The consultation seeks views on whether the fees paid by pharmacy owners should cover the full costs of regulating pharmacy premises. The proposed increase aims to close the existing gap of £103 between the fees paid by pharmacies and the actual costs of regulating each pharmacy, based on 2018/19 figures.
We are proposing this increase now because we need a robust and sustainable financial framework with fees that reflect the true cost of regulation.
This consultation on fees for pharmacy premises is open from 7 January to 31 March 2020 and marks the first phase of a wider review of the GPhC’s longer-term fees strategy. The strategy also considers areas such as longer fixed-term fees and flexible fee options (for those on parental leave, for example).
Ahead of this consultation, we commissioned consultancy firm EY to carry out a business impact assessment. This was to help us understand the impact of the proposed fee increase on the financial position of pharmacies and on their ability to keep providing safe and effective pharmacy services. The consultation document summarises the findings from EY’s business impact assessment and includes a link to the full report.
You can also read the consultation document in Welsh [PDF 823 KB]
Have your say
We welcome responses to this consultation from everyone who has information and views. This will help us test our overall approach to fee setting, as well as the specific proposals.