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GPhC Council agrees new approach to regulating registered pharmacies

At its meeting on Thursday 6 December, the Council of the GPhC agreed the principles that will underpin how the GPhC will regulate registered pharmacies in future. The GPhC will now begin work on bringing forward a number of operational changes to how it regulates and inspects pharmacies in line with these principles. These changes include publishing reports from pharmacy inspections for the first time and a move to unannounced inspections. The changes follow a major consultation across the sector and with patients and the public.

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Updated strategic plan 2017-20

We have published our updated strategic plan 2017-20, which sets out the progress we have made in the second year of our plan under our three strategic aims. Our three year strategic plan runs until 2020, and describes our ambition to support and improve the delivery of safe, effective care in pharmacy. It also describes our strategic approach and operating principles for achieving that ambition. We are continuing to make good progress in achieving the aims set out in our strategic plan. Our achievements under our key goals include:

GPhC council meeting 6 December 2018

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 6 December 2018. Read the agenda and papers for the meeting. You can follow the meeting live from our twitter account

GPhC appoints three new pharmacist members to its Board of Assessors

The GPhC has appointed three pharmacist members to its Board of Assessors – Sonia Chand, Laura Doyle and Kathryn Davison. Commenting on the appointments, Nigel Clarke, Chair of the GPhC, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Sonia, Laura and Kathryn to their new roles. The Board of Assessors plays a vital role in providing quality assurance for the registration assessment and I am sure our new members will make a significant contribution.” Sonia Chand

GPhC response to the Government's statement on the Gosport Independent Panel inquiry

In response to the Government's statement on the report of the Gosport Independent Panel inquiry, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council said:

BBC Inside Out highlights new investigative powers for the GPhC

In a programme broadcast on 19 November 2018, BBC Inside Out London highlighted the actions taken by the GPhC in response to a BBC investigation in 2012. This investigation identified a number of pharmacy professionals located on the Edgware Road in London who illegally sold prescription-only medicines to undercover BBC researchers.

GPhC council meeting 8 November 2018

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 8 November 2018. Read the agenda and papers for the meeting.

GPhC responds to planned appeal on Avastin

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC said:

GPhC launches consultation on fees

We have launched a consultation on our proposals to increase the entry and yearly renewal fees for July 2019 to July 2020. We are proposing the following increases for: pharmacists by £7 from £250 to £257 pharmacy technicians by £3 from £118 to £121 pharmacy premises by £21 from £241 to £262 This is the first time we have proposed an increase in fees since 2015. The proposed fees for pharmacy professionals are still lower than the fees charged in 2011.