GPhC publishes update paper on pharmacy regulation

The GPhC has today published an important update paper, Modernising Pharmacy Regulation: from prototype to implementation, which provides an update on our new model for regulation of pharmacies including our prototype inspection model.

The paper highlights the progress that has been made to modernise pharmacy regulation and also highlights those areas where we intend to adapt and change the prototype model. It also sets out a projected timetable for carrying out further engagement on a number of issues.

Commenting on the publication of the paper, Duncan Rudkin said:

“We are grateful for all the positive engagement we have had from the pharmacy sector as well as patients. This paper is an important update on our prototype model setting out those areas where the model is working well, and those areas where we need to adapt and change.

“A key example is that we’ve accepted that we need to review our ratings model and that we need to find an alternative to the satisfactory rating.

“We will be consulting more formally on the prototype model at a later stage. In the meantime we continue to welcome views on how the inspection model can be improved.”

If government legislation is put before parliament before the end of 2015 we expect to begin our formal consultation within weeks of that happening, to enable us to finalise proposals and move to full implementation in 2016, subject to the outcomes of the GPhC consultation. 

A copy of the update paper can be found here.

A Welsh version of the update paper can be found here.