What we heard about new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians
Thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation on proposed new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians and changes to the criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician.
We received 357 written responses to our consultation and also heard from hundreds of people through engagement events with pharmacy professionals and members of the public.
We have now published a report on the feedback we received through this consultation.
We heard that most respondents felt the learning outcomes were the right ones, at the right level, and supported proposals to:
- allow pharmacy technicians, as well as pharmacists, to supervise pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians formally, and allow them to sign off trainees as competent.
- disallow pharmacists from registering as pharmacy technicians automatically.
- keep the two-year work experience requirement as part of the criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician.
Respondents also raised a number of issues and suggestions which we have highlighted in the report, and which we will consider carefully when revising the standards and criteria.
Our Council reviewed the consultation report at their meeting on 7 June 2017 and discussed key issues raised through the consultation.
We are now revising the standards, which are due to be implemented later this year after they have been agreed by our Council at a meeting in the autumn. We are also revising the registration criteria for pharmacy technicians and developing guidance to support the implementation of the standards.