7.1 Meeting the criteria to register as a pharmacist
To register as a pharmacist with a recognised UK qualification you will need to successfully complete, within the time limits set out in the criteria to register as a pharmacist:
- a UK accredited MPharm degree or OSPAP qualification
- 52 weeks of pre-registration training in England, Scotland or Wales signed off as satisfactory by your tutor
- the GPhC registration assessment with a pass result
7.2 The application process
You can start your application once you have completed week 49 of your pre-registration training, and you will be able to submit your application before you know your assessment result.
You should submit your online application and hard copy supporting documents at least three weeks before the date you want to join the register – which will be on the first or the fifteenth day of the month.
To apply to register you will need to:
- Identify the supporting documents you will need to provide, and get copies legally certified.
- Create an account on the myGPhC online system, at www.mygphc.org.
- Complete and submit an online application, including uploading scanned versions of documents to support your application. You will be able to save and come back to your application as you go.
- Request your online application to be countersigned by a pharmacist, through the myGPhC system.
- Post hard copies of your supporting documents to the GPhC.
- Pay an application fee of £106. This fee covers the processing of your application and is non-refundable, even if your application is not successful.
If your application is incorrect, incomplete or does not have all the supporting documents, it will be delayed. Please prepare your documents in good time as some must be certified by a solicitor or commissioner for oaths.
Although we do give submission deadlines in the application guidance, we can’t provide a guarantee that you will be able to join the register on the date you plan to. This is because we need to review the information you send us to see if we need to make further enquiries or request more information, for example if you have made a fitness to practice declaration.
You must also meet all the registration criteria, including having completed 52 weeks of training, before your application can be approved.See the application guidance for more information on completing your application.
Important: Do not practise as a pharmacist until you have received your GPhC registration number and your name appears on the online register. Your first-year fee payment receipt is not proof of your registration. Practising as a pharmacist while not on the register is breaking the law and you can be prosecuted.