General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

Essential maintenance to some of our websites on 21 and 22 January

Our website and the Registers search on our main website ( will be unavailable on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 January due to essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Should you need to consult the registers during the maintenance period please call 020 3713 8000 and our Customer contact centre colleagues will be able to help.

Joint statement from Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and social care professionals - January 2021

In March last year, at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we issued a statement to support our registrants in dealing with the un-precedented challenges that they were facing.  As the pandemic continues, we know that health and social care professionals continue to work in very difficult situations and under extreme pressures. We want to thank all health and social care professionals for the care they have continued to provide to patients and those who use health and social care services through these very difficult and challenging circumstances.

Registration assessment: "essential step towards full registration"

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: “We have been carefully considering the impact of national lockdowns, and the extraordinary circumstances in which provisionally-registered pharmacists are working, on the registration assessment.  “We are very aware of the significant stress and pressures that candidates have experienced during the pandemic. We greatly appreciate their patience and the enormous contribution they are continuing to make to the care of patients and the public during this hugely challenging time. 

GPhC Council meeting on 8 January

The GPhC will be holding an additional Council meeting on Friday 8 January from 15:30-16:00 to consider a limited agenda. Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, by 16:00 on 7 January. Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2 MB]

Customer contact centre: Christmas opening hours

Our contact centre will be operating under amended hours over the holiday period. During the hours that we are closed, please email your enquiry to  Best wishes for Christmas and New Year from everyone at the GPhC.

New standards for initial education and training of pharmacists approved

The standards will introduce major reforms that will benefit future pharmacists and patients The GPhC Council has approved new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists. The implementation of these standards will transform the education and training of pharmacists, so they are able to play a much greater role in providing clinical care to patients and the public from their first day on the register. 

Contact centre update

Our contact centre will be closing at 1.30pm on Friday 11 December and will reopen Monday 14 December at 9.30am.

COVID-19 vaccination programme: key information

We have published key information for pharmacy professionals, pharmacy owners and patients and the public about the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Our online guide summarises the key points to note for pharmacy professionals and pharmacy owners who want to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme in England and signposts to key resources.

Understanding COVID-19 outcomes for ethnic minority healthcare workers

The General Pharmaceutical Council and other healthcare regulators are encouraging health professionals to take part in an urgent public health study, backed by the UK Government, to help understand why people from certain ethnic minorities are more likely to have severe COVID-19. We have written to a cross-section of GPhC pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, inviting them to participate in the United Kingdom Research Study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 Outcomes in Healthcare Workers (UK-REACH), led by the University of Leicester. 

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 10 December

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 10 December from 10:00 to 12:00. Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, by 16:00 on 9 December.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 1.48 MB].