We are committed to using research evidence, where available, to help ensure efficient, effective regulation. It is a powerful tool that can be used for future planning and to identify where resources are most needed.
Read our research policy [PDF 215 KB]
We regularly receive requests from students, academic researchers and other third parties for access to contact details of pharmacy professionals on our registers. We will occasionally facilitate research studies or other projects which involve us contacting registrants on your behalf. Requests will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Learning from inspections
Between November 2013 and August 2018, we inspected over 14,000 registered pharmacies in England, Scotland and Wales. In late 2018, we commissioned Solutions for Public Health (SPH) to analyse the inspection reports to identify any key characteristics of pharmacies and common themes in the reports that correlate with performance against the standards for registered pharmacies. The reports of the research are available below:
The full report [PDF 3.14 MB] contains the complete findings from the commissioned research from SPH and includes a full set of appendices and details of the methodology used.
A shorter summary report [PDF 767 KB] is also available which highlights the key research findings.
Our insights report [PDF 877 KB]covers the key findings from SPH’s research, further analysis of the factors that affect performance, a summary of the key messages and next steps. Our insights report is also available in Cymraeg [PDF 942 KB].
GPhC register analysis 2011 (pharmacists) [PDF 768 KB]
An analysis of the pharmacist part of the register comparing 2010 with 2011. The analysis was undertaken by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies, School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester on behalf of the GPhC.
GPhC register analysis (pharmacy technician) 2012 [PDF 481 KB]
The first baseline analysis of the mandatory pharmacy technician part of the register. The analysis was undertaken by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies, School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester on behalf of the GPhC.
We commission research and other studies in pharmacy education. Research includes:
- An analysis of the initial education and training standards for pharmacy technicians and views on their fitness for purpose (UCL/LPET 2015) [PDF 1.49 MB]
- The quality of pharmacy technician education and training report [PDF 893 KB] (University of Manchester, 2014). This represents the first comprehensive study into the quality of pharmacy technician education and training since it became a fully regulated profession in 2010.
- Qualitative research into registration assessment performance among Black-African candidates [PDF 826 KB]
- The Pharmacist Registration Examination (University of Manchester, 2010) which compares our registration assessment with assessments at the end of professional training periods in other healthcare professions in Great Britain.
- Resitting assessments and competence (University of Manchester, 2010) which explores the links between performance in the registration assessment and competence.
- Fitness to practise issues and ethical dilemmas encountered by pre-registration trainees (University of Manchester, 2011) which contains ethical dilemmas and fitness to practise issues collected from schools of pharmacy and pre-registration training in Great Britain.
- The assessment of observed practice (Keele University, 2011). This study identifies the strengths and weaknesses of particular approaches in workplace asessments.
Barriers and enablers to the pharmacy technician profession
The Pharmacy Technician Clinical Leadership Fellow 2018/19 undertook research to increase our understanding of whether there are things that we or others could do, or not do, to support the pharmacy technician profession as it continues to advance to meet the future needs of pharmacy and the public.
Follow this link to read the research paper [PDF 384 KB]