General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

Contact centre update

Our phone lines will be closed this afternoon (11 August) and will reopen tomorrow (12 August) morning at 9:30 am. Please contact us via email on or see our dedicated COVID-19 Q&A page. 

myGPhC unavailable between 8am and 10am on Thursday 6 August

Due to essential maintenance work, myGPhC will be unavailable from 8am until 10am on Thursday 6 August.

Contact Centre update: 5 August 2020

We are aware of an issue where some people have received an email from us, in error, about having raised a concern. We are currently investigating this matter and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Update: reforms to initial education and training of pharmacists

The UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society NI have written a joint letter to provide an update on the major reforms to the initial education and training of pharmacists that are being taken forward across the United Kingdom.  The letter has been sent to stakeholders with an interest in pharmacy education and training across Great Britain.

Registration fees for pharmacy premises to increase from April 2021

The General Pharmaceutical Council announces revised fee structure for registered pharmacy premises with effect from 1 April 2021 The governing council of the GPhC has agreed to increase the registered pharmacy entry and annual renewal fees from £262 to £365, to reflect the cost of regulating each pharmacy premises. 

GPhC position on COVID-19 rapid antibody tests

Our Chief Executive and Registrar Duncan Rudkin has written to pharmacy owners and superintendent pharmacists via email to highlight our position concerning the provision and sale of COVID-19 rapid antibody tests from community pharmacies.  Duncan explains that in the light of current public health advice, it is not appropriate for them to be sold in community pharmacies or recommended by pharmacy professionals at this point in time.

Contact centre update

Our phone lines are closed this afternoon (21 July) and will re-open at 9.30am tomorrow (22 July). Our contact centre can be reached during this time via email at You can also visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage detailing our latest updates and our COVID-19 Q&A.

Council meeting on 23 July

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 23 July from 14:00 to 16:00. Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, by 17:00 on 21 July. Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [2.3MB]. You can also follow the meeting live on our Twitter account.

GPhC publishes annual report for 2019/20

Our annual report for 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 is now available and sets out our achievements over the past year. GPhC achievements: 2019/20 The last year, to the end of March 2020, has seen the following achievements: 

Response to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

Responding to the publication of the report from the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, said: “This important report shines a spotlight on how medicines and medical devices can harm as well as help. We will carefully review the report and its strategic recommendations and look at what actions we can take in response.