GPhC updates policy on publication and disclosure of information

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has introduced an updated version of its publication and disclosure policy [PDF 589 KB] 

The publication and disclosure policy sets out:

  • what information will be published on the GPhC’s websites, including on the online register
  • what information will be disclosed to third parties
  • how the GPhC deals with individual requests for information.

The policy explains how the GPhC balances the need to be open and transparent against the rights and freedoms of individuals, so that the information that is published or disclosed is proportionate. The policy also helps the GPhC comply with requirements under GDPR.

The updated policy includes four new appendices, which cover the publication and disclosure of information relating to:

  • registered pharmacies, including the publication of inspection reports and information relating to enforcement, including improvement action plans and use of our statutory enforcement powers
  • education and training, including reports for the approval and accreditation/re-accreditation of education and training providers
  • the GPhC register
  • GPhC consultations

There have also been several updates to the previous version of the policy, including changing the length of time that the determination from a Fitness to Practise Committee hearing that led to the removal of a pharmacy professional remains on the register from ten years to five years (the person’s entry on the register showing that they have been removed will still remain for 10 years).