We have introduced provisional registration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the ability of trainees completing the pharmacist pre-registration scheme in 2020 to finish their training as planned, and to sit the registration assessment as originally scheduled.
The aim of provisional registration is to support and enable trainees to use their education and training to support NHS services and provide patient care effectively, while maintaining standards for entry to the register and protecting patient safety.
To provisionally register as a pharmacist with a recognised UK qualification you must have:
- been awarded a GPhC-accredited Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree or Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP)
- successfully completed 52 weeks pre-registration training in 2020; or successfully completed 52 weeks pre-registration in 2019, and not sat the registration assessment
- not previously failed the registration assessment
- self-declared that you are fit to practise as a pharmacist; that you have read and understood the parameters within which you must practise if your application is successful and an undertaking to only work within your scope of competence
- received a satisfactory final declaration and progress report from your tutor through myGPhC, which confirms that they consider you safe to practise as a provisionally registered pharmacist
To find out more about provisional registration requirements, read our policy document, Initial education and training standards for pharmacists: criteria for registering provisionally [PDF 168 KB].
If you are a tutor, see our guidance on completing a final declaration and progress report for your trainee [PDF 171 KB].
If you considering employing a provisionally-registered pharmacist, we have published information which sets out your responsibilities in more detail- please check the Information for employers page.
Information on how we will manage concerns about professionals with temporary registration is available here. [PDF 164 KB]
Applying for provisional registration
To apply, you must first submit a request to your current tutor to complete a final declaration and progress report, which confirms that they consider you safe to practise as a provisionally registered pharmacist.
Your tutor must then send us a copy of your completed final progress report and declaration, and we will send you a form to apply for provisional registration.
Read the guidance [PDF 243 KB] on requesting your final progress report and declaration from your tutor, and to find out what you will need to do to apply.
Send us your application at least two weeks before the date you want to join the register. Please make sure you have read the What can delay my application? section in the guidance, which will help minimise delays to your application.
Working as a provisionally registered pharmacist
If you are preparing to start work as a provisionally-registered pharmacist, see the information we've published about working as a provisionally-registered pharmacist [PDF 230.79 KB].
If you have any concerns that your employer has not met the requirements set out in the information above, such as completing a risk assessment, you can tell us by raising a concern.
Leaving the provisional register
You will need to sit the registration assessment to progress to full registration. If you are successful, you can apply to join the main register through myGPhC as usual. If you sit the assessment in March, July or November 2021 and submit your registration application promptly, you will remain on the provisional register and can therefore continue to work until your application has been successfully processed.
You should sit the registration assessment at the earliest opportunity when you feel fit to do so.
We have extended provisional registration to January 2022. This also gives current trainees the option to work as a provisionally-registered pharmacist up until January 2022, if they decide they do not feel fit to sit in July and decide to sit in November instead.
If you are unsuccessful at the registration assessment while provisionally registered, you cannot continue to work as a provisionally-registered pharmacist from when you receive your results and you will be removed from the provisional register. You will need to wait for another sitting to attempt the assessment again before you are able to progress to full registration. You will receive more information about leaving the register and the options available to you when you receive your result.