The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has asked the General Pharmaceutical Council and the other relevant health professional regulators to keep our temporary registers for a further two years.
The UK Government has made this decision, which is referenced in its new ‘plan for patients’, in England to enable health professionals on the temporary registers to continue to support the health and social care system.
The GPhC temporary register was set up in 2020 after the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked us to use our emergency powers in order to rapidly register pharmacy professionals to assist in the national response to the COVID-19 emergency.
The decision by the UK Government to ask the regulators to keep the temporary registers means that pharmacy professionals on our temporary register can continue to practise.
We are writing to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on our temporary register to let them know that it will now remain open for the next two years.
We are reminding all pharmacy professionals that they must continue to meet the standards for pharmacy professionals and have the appropriate indemnity insurance in place, if they choose to practise while on the temporary register. Employers must check that any pharmacists and pharmacy technicians they employ are appropriately registered to practise.
We are also reviewing our policy on temporary registration arrangements following the government announcement.