General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


Contact centre opening times

The contact centre phone lines will be open on Tuesday 24 between 9.30am – 2.00pm, our phone lines will then reopen on Wednesday 25 at 9.30am. You can still get in touch via email: info@pharmacyregulation.org. We apologise for any inconvenience.

GPhC Council agrees changes to the requirements for entry to independent prescribing courses

The changes will allow pharmacists to begin an independent prescriber course when they have the relevant experience and awareness.  The GPhC Council has agreed to changes to the requirements for entry to accredited independent prescribing courses after carefully considering feedback from a public consultation held in 2021. These changes will replace the current requirements for pharmacists to spend at least two years on the register before enrolling on a course and for them to have previous experience in a specified clinical or therapeutic area.

GPhC Council agrees a permanent rule change to allow the continuation of remote hearings

The decision comes after a 12-week consultation asking for feedback on hearings being held remotely  The GPhC Council has agreed to a change in its rules to give the pharmacy regulator express legal powers to continue to hold hearings and meetings remotely. It means its fitness to practise hearings and meetings can be held either remotely or in-person in the future.

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 12 May

Please contact our council secretary if you would like to attend the meeting, which will be held via Zoom Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 3 MB]. You can also follow the meeting live on our Twitter account.

Providing safe and effective treatment: Selecting the appropriate mode of consultation when assessing a person’s needs

Providing safe and effective treatment: Selecting the appropriate mode of consultation when assessing a person’s needs Asking for your comments

New standards for the reflective account from October 2022

New standards for the reflective account from October 2022 Full revalidation requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are being reinstated from 1 October 2022 As we announced on 23 March 2022, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are due to renew their registration on or after 1 October 2022 will need to submit all six revalidation records, which comprise:

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 14 April

Please contact our Communications Team  if you would like to attend the meeting, which will be held in our office in Canary Wharf.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2.3 MB]. You can also follow the meeting live on our Twitter account.

GPhC launches consultation on equality guidance for pharmacies

Patients and the public, pharmacy professionals and pharmacy owners are being asked for their views on draft equality guidance for pharmacy owners The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is seeking views on new draft Equality Guidance for pharmacies which is designed to help tackle discrimination and make sure that everyone can access safe and effective person-centred pharmacy care.

GPhC reinstates full revalidation requirements

Full revalidation requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to be reinstated from 1 October 2022 The revalidation requirements are changing following the Government’s recent announcement that emergency powers put in place to help with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be removed later this year. 

Supporting information: people coming to Great Britain from Ukraine

Routes for pharmacy professionals from Ukraine to join our register, and how to help the people of Ukraine through donations and other support  The GPhC, like many organisations and individuals working in health and pharmacy, is considering how to support people fleeing the war in Ukraine.