General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 7 October

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 7 October Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, at 14:00.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2.7 MB].

Revalidation requirements from December 2021

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians due to submit their revalidation records from December 2021 to February 2022 will only need to submit a reflective account when they renew their registration. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is extending changes to its revalidation requirements in recognition of the continuing pressures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic that pharmacy professionals are likely to face this winter.

GPhC launches consultation on changes to requirements for training as a pharmacist independent prescriber

The General Pharmaceutical Council is consulting on changes which will enable more pharmacists to begin their independent prescriber training

Healthcare regulators publish annual report on whistleblowing disclosures

The GPhC in conjunction with seven other healthcare professional regulators has published its annual report on whistleblowing disclosures. All prescribed bodies have a legal responsibility to publish an annual report on the whistleblowing disclosures made to them by workers.

GPhC welcomes overprescribing report

The Government has published a review into overprescribing led by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge. Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, said:

Contact centre update

Our contact centre is closed today from 12.30 - 13.30 for staff training.

GPhC announces results for the July 2021 online registration assessment

A total of 2907 candidates sat the registration assessment across three sittings on 27, 28 and 29 July 2021, with 2371 candidates passing the assessment; an overall pass rate of 82%. Since 2011, pass rates for the registration assessment have ranged from 72% to 95%. The full analysis from the July 2021 registration assessment will be discussed by the GPhC Council in October.

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 9 September

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on  Thursday 9 September from 13:30 Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, at 16:00.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2.7 MB].

Contact centre bank holiday opening hours

Our contact centre will be closed from Friday 27 August at 4.30pm for the Summer Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 31 August at 9.30am

Patient safety concerns relating to online prescribing services

We are reminding pharmacy owners and pharmacy professionals that they need to make sure they meet our standards and follow our guidance for providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet, whenever they provide online pharmacy services.