General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


Second online registration assessment sittings completed

We can confirm that 2,915 candidates sat the registration assessment on 27, 28 and 29 July, with the vast majority of these completing the sitting in Pearson test centres across the UK, and with 34 candidates sitting remotely in the UK and overseas using Pearson’s OnVUE system. This is the second registration assessment sitting which has taken place online and the three sittings were delivered successfully for the vast majority of candidates.

GPhC takes action against pharmacies in connection with codeine linctus

Since July 2020 we have taken enforcement action against 36 pharmacy premises and a pharmacy professional following intelligence-led inspections or investigations relating to unusually high sales of codeine linctus. 

Contact centre update

During the registration assessment dates (27, 28 and 29 July) our contact centre will open from 7.30am till 5.00pm. 

Our new strategy for managing concerns about pharmacy professionals is now published

We have now published Managing concerns about pharmacy professionals: our strategy for change 2021-26 [PDF 787 KB] on our website.  Our governing council agreed the finalised strategy in their meeting in June, following our recent consultation, Managing concerns about pharmacy professionals: our strategy for change.

Pharmacy owners’ ongoing responsibilities for COVID-19 safety measures after 19 July

From 19 July 2021, measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and wearing face masks in certain settings, will no longer be mandatory in England. Instead the Government in England has set out an expectation and recommendation that people should wear face coverings in crowded areas, as the number of cases is high and rising. 

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 15 July

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 15 July from 13:30 Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, by 16:00 on 14 July.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2.3 MB].

Contact centre update

Our customer contact centre will open from 10:00 am Monday (12 July) as a result of scheduled training.

Contact centre update

Our customer contact centre will open from 10:15am tomorrow (8 July) as a result of scheduled training.

Pharmacy regulator seeks new Chair

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has begun recruiting for an inspirational Chair to lead its Council. The new Chair will work closely with the Council, Chief Executive and Registrar and wider Senior Leadership Group to achieve the organisation’s Vision 2030 for ‘safe and effective pharmacy care at the heart of healthier communities'.

Annual report 2020/21

Our annual report for 2020/21 is now available on our website and summarises our work during the past year.  This year, our focus has been on responding effectively to the challenges and pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.