General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


GPhC to offer provisional registration for eligible candidates who experienced severe delays

On 29 June 2022, just under 2,700 candidates sat the registration assessment in test centres across the UK.  Although the majority of candidates were able to complete the assessment with no issues, some candidates experienced delays in starting either Paper 1 or Paper 2 due to IT or other technical issues at a small number of test centres in England.   The GPhC is working with BTL, which runs the assessment sitting on behalf of the GPhC, to rapidly investigate these delays.

Registration assessment: delayed start for some test centres

The June registration assessment took place today (29 June) with just under 2700 candidates sitting the assessment at 113 test centres across the UK. The majority of candidates were able to complete the assessment with no issues.  Five test centres in England experienced delays in starting either Paper 1 or Paper 2 due to IT or other technical issues. The most significant issue affected candidates at a test centre in Nottingham where the delay was severe and candidates were only able to start Paper 1 in the late afternoon.

New GPhC resources on duty of candour highlight importance of openness when things go wrong

New resources have been published for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them fulfil the duty of candour - the professional responsibility to be open and honest with patients when something goes wrong  

RPS and GPhC issue joint statement on professional and regulatory standards

RPS and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have today published an updated joint statement highlighting the importance of regulatory and professional standards and guidance to ensure patient-centred, safe and effective care.

GPhC responds to government legislation allowing more health professionals to issue fit notes

The government has confirmed that legislation is expected to be laid in parliament today [Friday 10 June] to allow more healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, across England, Scotland and Wales to certify fit notes for patients. Currently only doctors can legally certify fit notes, but from 1 July 2022 nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and pharmacists will be given the power to do so.

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 9 June

Please contact our council secretary if you would like to attend the meeting, which will be held at our offices at 25 Canada Square from 13:00. Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2 MB]. You can also follow the meeting live on our Twitter account.  

Contact centre opening times

The contact centre phone lines will be open on Tuesday 24 between 9.30am – 2.00pm, our phone lines will then reopen on Wednesday 25 at 9.30am. You can still get in touch via email: info@pharmacyregulation.org. We apologise for any inconvenience.

GPhC Council agrees changes to the requirements for entry to independent prescribing courses

The changes will allow pharmacists to begin an independent prescriber course when they have the relevant experience and awareness.  The GPhC Council has agreed to changes to the requirements for entry to accredited independent prescribing courses after carefully considering feedback from a public consultation held in 2021. These changes will replace the current requirements for pharmacists to spend at least two years on the register before enrolling on a course and for them to have previous experience in a specified clinical or therapeutic area.

GPhC Council agrees a permanent rule change to allow the continuation of remote hearings

The decision comes after a 12-week consultation asking for feedback on hearings being held remotely  The GPhC Council has agreed to a change in its rules to give the pharmacy regulator express legal powers to continue to hold hearings and meetings remotely. It means its fitness to practise hearings and meetings can be held either remotely or in-person in the future.

Providing safe and effective treatment: Selecting the appropriate mode of consultation when assessing a person’s needs

Providing safe and effective treatment: Selecting the appropriate mode of consultation when assessing a person’s needs Asking for your comments