General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

GPhC Council - 11 April 2019

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 11 April 2019. Read the agenda and papers for the meeting. You can follow the meeting live from our twitter account

Brexit update from Department of Health and Social Care in England

  The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has written to all health and care staff in England, to give more information about the Government’s ongoing preparation for leaving the European Union, including:

GPhC consults on draft guidance for pharmacist prescribers

The GPhC is seeking views on proposed guidance for pharmacist prescribers to make sure they provide safe and effective care when prescribing. The guidance sets out nine key areas that relate to the provision of safe and effective prescribing. Pharmacist prescribers should consider the first eight areas when prescribing, to ensure safe and effective care. These are:

New enforcement policy for registered pharmacies

We have published our new enforcement policy for registered pharmacies which sets out the approach and principles we will follow when using our enforcement options and supports consistent decision-making. Our overall approach is to support and encourage pharmacy owners to meet the standards for registered pharmacies.  

Five new members appointed to GPhC Council

The Privy Council has appointed five new members to the GPhC Council The new members, whose terms begin on 1 April 2019, are Aamer Safdar, Ann Jacklin, Neil Buckley, Penny Hopkins and Rima Makarem. The new members will replace Berwyn Owen, David Prince, Mary Elford, Mohammed Hussain and Samantha Quaye who are stepping down at the end of March having completed two terms. Three current members of Council, Arun Midha, Joanne Kember and Mark Hammond, have been re-appointed for a second term. Nigel Clarke, Chair of the GPhC, said:

Council of the GPhC agrees fee increases

There will be an increase to entry and renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacies from 1 July 2019. This is the first time the GPhC has increased fees since 2015 and for pharmacy professionals the fees will still be lower than those charged in 2011.  The increases are as follows:

Views on GPhC services and communications

Over 500 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy owners on our register have responded to a survey which asked for their views of our services and communications. 

New evidence framework for Pharmacist independent prescribing

We have developed an evidence framework for the education and training of Pharmacists independent prescribers. The framework accompanies the recently revised set of standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers (published in January 2019).  To make sure this new framework will provide appropriate support to programme providers when implementing the standards, we would like to ask programme providers and other interested parties to provide feedback by the 14 March 2019.

GPhC council meeting on Thursday 7 March 2019

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 7 March 2019. Read the agenda and papers for the meeting. You can follow the meeting live from our twitter account

Watch our webinar on changes to pharmacy inspections and pharmacist education and training

On Monday 25 February 2019, Julian Graville, GPhC Head of Inspection gave an update on plans to change the way we inspect registered pharmacies. Damian Day, GPhC Head of Education set out our proposed changes to the initial education and training of pharmacists. If you missed the live event, you can catch up with the recording below.