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What is the purpose of inspections?

The inspectors visit all registered pharmacy premises in Great Britain to ensure that they comply with all legal requirements and regulatory standards. The inspector will examine how the pharmacy operates with the aim of securing and promoting the safe and effective practice of pharmacy at the registered pharmacy premises.

What powers do the inspectors have to enter a registered pharmacy premises in order to inspect it?

Articles 10-12 of the Pharmacy Order 2010 gives a GPhC Inspector the power to enter any registered pharmacy premises at any reasonable hour in order conduct an inspection. The Inspector must provide evidence of their identity and that they are an authorised GPhC inspector.

Inspectors are not obliged to notify premises that they want to carry out an inspection. However, in the majority of cases they will send a pharmacy a notification of visit letter.