Temporary registration during the COVID-19 emergency

We have powers under the Pharmacy Order 2010 to register on a temporary basis fit, proper and suitably experienced people to act as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians if an emergency is declared by the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has 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 temporary register includes pharmacy professionals who had voluntarily removed themselves or were removed for non-renewal from the GPhC register in the last three years and did not have Fitness to Practise issues. Those eligible for temporary registration, that we could contact through the last email address we held, were given the option to opt-out before the register went live.

The Minister of State at the Department for Health and Social Care asked the General Pharmaceutical Council to keep our temporary register open until 2024

In the meantime, if you want your name to be removed from the temporary register, please fill in this survey to opt out.

Download the temporary register [xls 274 KB]

Updated 1 February 2023. The document will automatically download, as you click on the above link.

The temporary register is updated regularly, please always check the information and download a new copy of the register from this webpage, rather than relying on copies from other sources.

Please note there are separate tabs on the spreadsheet for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; make sure you select the correct tab, when looking for your details on the temporary register.

The pharmacy professionals on the temporary register can now practise in Great Britain if they choose to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are required to meet the standards for pharmacy professionals [PDF 375 KB], including working within the limits of their skills and competence.

We have produced guidance for employers on their responsibilities [PDF 169 KB] if they employ a pharmacy professional on the temporary register.

For further details, follow this link to see answers to key questions about temporary registration.

Survey of pharmacy professionals on the temporary register

We have conducted a survey to help us understand how many pharmacy professionals on the temporary register will be working during the pandemic, and what settings they are planning to work in. We have received 1,309 responses to the survey (a 21% response rate). Follow this link to see the report's findings. [PDF 253 KB]