General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

Safety features Delegated Regulation under the Falsified Medicines Directive: Joint statement from the MHRA and GPhC

Roles of the regulators as FMD legislation comes into force  On 9 February 2019 the legal requirements of the safety features Delegated Regulation under the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) come into force. All health and care providers, including registered pharmacies, are expected to meet the requirements under UK law. 

More data on June 2018 registration assessment performance

We have released more data about the performance of candidates in the June 2018 registration assessment, including: first attempt candidates’ percentage pass rate by training provider anonymised marks of individual candidates who passed the assessment at the first attempt and trained in either hospital or community settings, as well as the school of pharmacy where they studied To protect candidates’ personal data, the information includes only those statistics where individual candidates cannot be identified.

GPhC launches consultation on initial education and training standards for pharmacists

The GPhC has launched a landmark consultation proposing significant changes to the initial education and training of pharmacists. The proposals in the consultation include:  having one set of standards and learning outcomes that cover the full period of education and training before initial registration as a pharmacist, with closer integration between academic study and practical experience  strengthening experiential learning and inter-professional learning

Christmas opening hours

The Contact Centre will be operating under amended hours over the holiday period. During the hours that we are closed, please email your enquiry to and we will aim to respond to your query within 2 – 3 working days.    

Recognition of professional qualifications in the event of a no-deal Brexit

The Department of Health and Social Care has laid the Health and Care Professions (Qualifications and Entitlements) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 in Parliament.

Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners

Together, the GPhC and JCCP have agreed to a working relationship which will be characterised by regular contact and open exchange of information to:  Maintain patient safety and confidence in pharmacy services and pharmacy professionals Support the sharing of information, intelligence, expertise and experience Contribute to improving the regulatory oversight of pharmacy activities Define the circumstances in which the two organisations will act independently. Professor David Sines, CBE – Chair – JCCP said,

GPhC Council agrees revised education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers

The GPhC Council has agreed revised education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers, subject to some specific changes that were discussed at the Council meeting on 6 December. The standards will now be updated to reflect the changes discussed before the final revised standards are published in the New Year. Council members carefully considered the feedback to the consultation on the revised standards, and made a number of changes to the standards based on what we heard.

GPhC Council agrees new approach to regulating registered pharmacies

At its meeting on Thursday 6 December, the Council of the GPhC agreed the principles that will underpin how the GPhC will regulate registered pharmacies in future. The GPhC will now begin work on bringing forward a number of operational changes to how it regulates and inspects pharmacies in line with these principles. These changes include publishing reports from pharmacy inspections for the first time and a move to unannounced inspections. The changes follow a major consultation across the sector and with patients and the public.

Our website unavailable this evening 6pm to 8pm

Our website will not be available this evening from 6pm to 8pm due to essential maintenance. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note this will not affect our other websites: or 

Updated strategic plan 2017-20

We have published our updated strategic plan 2017-20, which sets out the progress we have made in the second year of our plan under our three strategic aims. Our three year strategic plan runs until 2020, and describes our ambition to support and improve the delivery of safe, effective care in pharmacy. It also describes our strategic approach and operating principles for achieving that ambition. We are continuing to make good progress in achieving the aims set out in our strategic plan. Our achievements under our key goals include: