Pre-registration Manual

Welcome from the registrar

Duncan Rudkin


On behalf of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), let me welcome you to your pre-registration training year.

The GPhC is the independent pharmacy regulator in Great Britain. Our role is to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and people who use pharmacy services. We protect the public in two main ways – by registering competent professionals to practise pharmacy, and by regulating the system for managing and delivering retail pharmacy services.

We are involved in the lives of pharmacists from the day they start their education and training. We set the education and training standards for pharmacy and we accredit your MPharm and OSPAP courses. We also assure the quality of pre-registration training, and set and run the final assessment that you will have to pass before you can apply to be registered as a pharmacist.

The aim of this training year is for you to demonstrate that you have the skills, knowledge and character to practise to the standards expected of a pharmacist. You should take every opportunity to learn and gain experience throughout the year. Your pre-registration year is not just about assessments, but about learning how to practise in a way that delivers the best outcomes for patients and members of the public. Your tutor for the training year can help to guide you in these areas.

Our website has resources that will be important to you. These include our standards for pharmacy professionals; details of the inspection system that supports them; and several pieces of guidance covering patient confidentiality, consent, maintaining clear sexual boundaries, and raising concerns.

I hope that you enjoy your training year. If you have any questions or feedback on the pre-registration scheme, please do contact us.

Best wishes


Duncan Rudkin

Chief Executive and Registrar