General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

GPhC appoints new supplier for common registration assessment sittings

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has today confirmed that it will be working with a new provider, BTL Group Ltd, to run the common registration assessment sittings it holds jointly with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). BTL provide the award-winning computer-based testing platform, Surpass, as well as test centres across the UK and internationally. They have extensive experience of delivering services to a range of clients, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Ophthalmology.

Thank you message to pharmacy staff

GPhC support measures Easing of revalidation requirements Work pressures in pharmacy We’d like to say thank you to pharmacy teams and owners and recognise all their hard work at this particularly challenging time.

Revalidation requirements until May 2022

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is extending changes to its revalidation requirements in recognition of the continuing pressures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular the Omicron variant, that pharmacy professionals are facing this winter. Pharmacy professionals who have registration renewal deadlines on or before 31 May 2022 will only need to submit a reflective account for revalidation and will not need to submit the other five revalidation records.

GPhC and PSNI announce results for the first common registration assessment

A total of 959 candidates sat the registration assessment in four countries on 16 November, with 584 candidates passing the assessment: an overall pass rate of 61% The results of the first four-country common registration assessment for pharmacists, held jointly by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), have been published.

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.

Joint statement from the regulators of health and social care professionals

The regulators of UK health and social care professionals have reiterated their support for staff working together to tackle the ongoing pandemic and seasonal pressure on services.

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

Please contact our Communications Team if you would like to join the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, at 13:30.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 1.7 MB]. You can also follow the meeting live on our Twitter account.

Abuse or violence against pharmacy staff ‘completely unacceptable’

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, said: “The past 20-plus months have demonstrated the remarkable dedication and professionalism of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other members of the pharmacy team.

GPhC launches consultation on remote hearings

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is consulting on continuing to hold remote hearings in the future The 12-week consultation seeks feedback on a proposed permanent change to the GPhC’s procedural rules to give the pharmacy regulator the express legal power to conduct hearings and meetings by teleconference or videolink.

Early opening hours tomorrow

Ahead of the registration assessment our contact centre will be open on Tuesday 16 November from 7.30am till 5.00pm. You can get in touch via phone (020 3713 8000) or email (