General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

Council meeting on 5 December

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 5 December You can find a copy of the papers here You can also follow the meeting live on our twitter account 

GPhC launches new guidance for pharmacist prescribers

The Council of the GPhC has approved new guidance for pharmacist prescribers to ensure that they provide safe and effective care when prescribing. The Guidance for pharmacist prescribers covers five key areas that pharmacist prescribers must consider in order to prescribe safe and effectively. These are:

GPhC welcomes audit on valproate medicines safety in community pharmacy

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC said:  “The CCA’s findings provide evidence of some improvement between 2018 and 2019 in terms of pharmacy teams’ awareness of the need to follow the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP) for valproate, but it is clear there is still more to be done.  

Our website unavailable this afternoon from 2 pm to 3 pm

Our website will not be available this afternoon from 2 pm to 3 pm due to essential maintenance. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note this will not affect our other websites:, or   

GPhC welcomes new Director for Wales

The General Pharmaceutical Council has appointed Liam Anstey as the new Director for Wales.  Liam has previously worked across the health and social care sector in leading communications roles for the British Medical Association, General Medical Council and Royal College of Nursing.  Liam will begin the role on 11 November 2019.

Council meeting on 7 November

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 7 November  You can find a copy of the papers here You can also follow the meeting live on our twitter account

Principles for good practice issued to protect patients online

Healthcare organisations including regulators, royal colleges and faculties, are today issuing a set of principles to help protect patient safety and welfare when accessing potentially-harmful medication online or over the phone. The jointly-agreed High level principles for good practice in remote consultations and prescribing set out the good practice expected of healthcare professionals when prescribing medication online.

Managing fitness to practise concerns in education and training: have your say

We want to hear your views on the changes we are proposing to make to our guidance on managing fitness to practise concerns in education and training. We have updated our guidance so that it can be used by all providers of education and training which lead to pharmacy professional registration or annotation, including courses for pharmacy technicians and pharmacist independent prescribers. We have also developed draft case studies to accompany this guidance.

GPhC announces results for September 2019 registration assessment

The GPhC has announced a pass rate of 69.2% for those taking the September 2019 registration assessment. There were 1057 candidates who sat the registration assessment on 26 September 2019, with 731 candidates who passed the assessment; a pass rate of 69.2%. There were 346 candidates who sat the assessment for the first time; 627 for the second time and 84 for the third time.

Standards to stay the same for second year of reflective accounts

The Council of the GPhC decided at its October meeting to keep the same three standards for the second year of reflective accounts. Registrants are being asked to choose one or more from the following three standards for reflection for both the 2019-2020 revalidation cycle and the 2020-2021 revalidation cycle: