Provisional registration as a pharmacist 

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 243 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.

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.

You will be able to submit your final declaration and progress report request through your myGPhC account, from week 49 of your training.

Button link to mygphc.org

If you receive a ‘satisfactory’ outcome, you will be able to complete an application for provisional registration in your myGPhC account.

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

Button link to the application guidance document

Application deadlines

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 287 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