General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

GPhC council meeting on 10 May

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 10 May 2018. Read the agenda and papers for the meeting. You can follow the meeting live from our twitter account

GPhC responds to Daily Mail investigation

In response to the Daily Mail investigation that talks about the illegal supply of Prescription Only Medicines, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC said:  “We are working closely with the MHRA on a major ongoing investigation into the diversion of prescription medicines away from the normal supply chain.  We have already taken action to suspend six pharmacists under interim orders and are actively reviewing at each stage of the investigations whether we need to take further action to protect the public. 

Dispensing Errors Legislation comes into effect

The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018 (Commencement) Order of Council 2018 has now been commenced. This brings into effect the legal defences for inadvertent preparation and dispensing errors by registered pharmacy professionals working at or from registered pharmacies. Responding to the commencement of the legislation, GPhC Chief Executive, Duncan Rudkin said:

GPhC council meeting on 12 April

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 12 April 2018. Read the agenda and papers for the meeting.

GPhC publishes Williams review evidence brief

In late March Duncan Rudkin Chief Executive of the GPhC gave evidence to the Norman Williams review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM) in healthcare. Our briefing informed this evidence.

Nigel Clarke re-appointed as GPhC Chair

The Privy Council has re-appointed Nigel Clarke as Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council for a period of four years from 1 April 2018 to 12 March 2022. Nigel has served as Chair of the GPhC since March 2014 and was re-appointed by the Privy Council following scrutiny of the appointment process by the Professional Standards Authority. In response to the announcement, Nigel Clarke said:

New myGPhC now live

The new myGPhC is now live! If you are a pharmacist or pharmacy technician registered with us, you will need to sign up to the new myGPhC and create an account to renew your registration and submit your revalidation records. Important: your existing myGPhC login details will not work. If you try to use them, you will lock your account. Our guide to signing up has simple step-by-step instructions to help you create your account.

GPhC launches consultation on pharmacist independent prescribers

Consultation seeks views on education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is consulting until 6 June 2018 on standards for the initial education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers. The consultation highlights that pharmacist independent prescribers are already playing a vital role in delivering high-quality care to people using the health services of Great Britain, and that their roles are continuing to broaden and develop.

Registration renewal fees to remain at current levels

Our governing council has decided at its March meeting that registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the financial year 2018/19. Registration renewal fees will continue to be £250 for pharmacists, £118 for pharmacy technicians and £241 for registered pharmacies. 

GPhC Council agree implementation date for revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician

The GPhC Council today agreed that revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician in Great Britain will come into effect on 31 August 2018, in advance of the 2018-2019 academic year. The criteria set out the required education, training and experience needed in order to register as a pharmacy technician. In September 2017, following a public consultation, the Council agreed new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians and two key changes to the criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician. The changes are: