Success in first renewals process for pharmacy professionals

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is pleased to announce that 42,841 (97.2%) pharmacists; 8872 (97.1%) pharmacy technicians; and 3704 (93.2%) pharmacy premises have renewed their registration with the new pharmacy regulator so ensuring that high quality local pharmacy services are available to patients and the public.

This major achievement underpins the pharmacy professions by assuring patients and the public that all those who are registered have met the criteria for registration and have confirmed they are fit to practise.

Registration has to be renewed yearly. The registration process includes a legal declaration that helps provide assurance that pharmacy professionals are competent; fit to practise; and committed to ensuring continuous learning in their profession. This will ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public and uphold standards and public trust in pharmacy.

Despite the success in the electronic registration process, a number of minor problems were identified and lessons will be learnt in order to ensure that the renewal procedure in 2011 will be enhanced and trouble free.

GPhC chief executive and registrar Duncan Rudkin said “It is testament to the commitment and professionalism of the pharmacy professions that the vast majority of GPhC registrants engaged with this new regulatory renewal process in good time and with relatively few problems.”