After a three month consultation the GPhC governing council has agreed registration fees for 2011-12 including a decision to reduce the registration fee increase for pharmacists from four per cent, originally proposed in the consultation document, to two per cent. The two per cent increase for pharmacists equates to a £5 per annum increase. This below inflation increase of two per cent for pharmacists was also agreed for pharmacy premises.
Council also confirmed that registration fees for pharmacy technicians would reduce by 15.5%, which equates to a reduction of £22.
In taking its decision, Council debated, in public, the feedback from the consultation and other key factors including:
- The current and future cost of regulation including the need to deal with the historic legacy cases transferred from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- The current levels of inflation, 5.2% RPI (April 2011) and 4.5% CPI (April 2011)
- The need to ensure the regulator has a stable financial base, including a reasonable level of reserves
- External economic pressures on registrants
The Pharmacy Order 2010 requires the GPhC to consult, on an annual basis, its fee levels and the new fees apply from September 2011.