Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians due to submit their revalidation records from December 2021 to February 2022 will only need to submit a reflective account when they renew their registration.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is extending changes to its revalidation requirements in recognition of the continuing pressures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic that pharmacy professionals are likely to face this winter.
These changes to revalidation requirements were first introduced in March 2020 in recognition of the pressures on pharmacy professionals during the pandemic. The changes were then extended until at least November 2021, and the GPhC committed to keeping the situation under review.
Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said:
“We have decided to keep in place the changes to revalidation requirements, as we recognise pharmacy professionals will continue to face significant pressures over the winter period as the pandemic continues.
“Pharmacy professionals who have registration renewal deadlines in December, January and February (and with registration expiry dates in February, March and April) will only need to submit a reflective account for revalidation and will not need to submit the other five revalidation records.
“This extension will continue until at least the end of February 2022. We will give pharmacy professionals a minimum of three months’ notice of when full revalidation requirements will be reintroduced, to give pharmacists and pharmacy professionals a reasonable amount of time to get their records ready for submission.
“Our current intention is to resume full revalidation once the emergency powers for the pandemic introduced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care are removed, but we will continue to keep this under active review.”
Pharmacy professionals are still expected to reflect on one or more of the following three standards when completing their reflective account:
• standard 3 - pharmacy professionals must communicate effectively
• standard 6 - pharmacy professionals must behave professionally
• standard 9 - pharmacy professionals must demonstrate leadership
The GPhC is continuing to encourage pharmacy professionals to reflect on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic when completing their reflective account.
Pharmacy professionals will need to submit their reflective account via myGPhC as usual when renewing their registration.