Inspections during the coronavirus pandemic

At the onset of the pandemic we wrote to pharmacy professionals and pharmacy owners to update them on the decision to stop routine inspections of pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have kept our position under review.

Since the start of August our inspectors have been visiting pharmacies that had previously not met all the standards, initially focusing on those pharmacies with published inspection reports where a six-month re-inspection was due.

Our inspectors will be visiting these pharmacies to check whether they are meeting all the standards for registered pharmacies. The inspector will produce a report for publication. 

During this extended period of social distancing, we will also be continuing with our support calls to pharmacies to discuss their contingency planning and, as we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to act quickly on any information we receive which suggests a risk to patient safety by undertaking intelligence led inspections.

To make sure our inspection activity is carried out as safely as possible we have carried out a Risk reduction assessment for GPhC community pharmacy inspections [PDF 446 KB]