General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


Contact centre bank holiday opening hours

Our contact centre will be closed from Friday 30 April at 5.00pm for May Day Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 4 May at 9.30am 

GPhC announces results for the first-ever online registration assessment

The GPhC has announced a pass rate of 88.2% for those sitting the March 2021 registration assessment. A total of 2666 candidates sat the registration assessment on 17 and 18 March 2021, with 2352 candidates who passed the assessment; an overall pass rate of 88.2%. Since 2011, pass rates for the registration assessment have ranged from 72% to 95%.

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 22 April

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 22 April from 13:30 Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, by 16:00 on 21 April. Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 1.18 MB].

GPhC launches consultation on equality, diversity and inclusion

The General Pharmaceutical Council is consulting on its five-year strategy to deliver equality, improve diversity and foster inclusion.   The 12-week consultation seeks views on the GPhC’s proposals to be more proactive and joined up in using its regulatory influence and levers to help reform the structures and practices that maintain inequality and discrimination within pharmacy and pharmacy regulation.  

Contact centre bank holiday opening hours

Our contact centre will be closed from Thursday 1 April at 5.00pm for Easter Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 6 April at 9.30am

Foundation training year 2021/22

The foundation training year will replace the current pre-registration training year from July 2021. These changes are part of the implementation of the new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists we published in January 2021. We are currently working with Health Education England (HEE), NHS Education Scotland (NES) and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), pharmacy schools and other key organisations to gradually implement changes to the foundation training year over the coming years.

Government consultation “a real opportunity” to improve health professional regulation for patients

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, comments on the Department of Health and Social Care's public consultation Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public. “This consultation is a real opportunity to improve health professional regulation, so we can best protect patients and support health services and health professionals to provide high-quality care.

GPhC to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on provisionally-registered pharmacists and pre-registration trainees

The General Pharmaceutical Council has commissioned Keele University to research the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on provisionally-registered pharmacists and pre-registration trainees Through the study, the GPhC aims to understand the experiences of clinical training over the last 12 months and preparations around sitting the registration assessment. The findings will produce important insight and feed into the GPhC’s work on educational reform to the initial education and training of pharmacists.

Contact centre update

Our contact centre will be closing at 1.30pm on Tuesday 23 March and will reopen Wednesday 24 March at 9.30am

Over 2600 candidates sit registration assessment

First-ever online registration assessments have taken place A total of 2670 candidates have sat the GPhC’s first online registration assessments held on 17 and 18 March 2021. The vast majority of candidates sat in Pearson VUE test centres, with 83 candidates sitting remotely in Great Britain and overseas using Pearson’s OnVUE system.