General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


Contact centre update

During the registration assessment dates (27, 28 and 29 July) our contact centre will open from 7.30am till 5.00pm. 

Our new strategy for managing concerns about pharmacy professionals is now published

We have now published Managing concerns about pharmacy professionals: our strategy for change 2021-26 [PDF 787 KB] on our website.  Our governing council agreed the finalised strategy in their meeting in June, following our recent consultation, Managing concerns about pharmacy professionals: our strategy for change.

Pharmacy owners’ ongoing responsibilities for COVID-19 safety measures after 19 July

From 19 July 2021, measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and wearing face masks in certain settings, will no longer be mandatory in England. Instead the Government in England has set out an expectation and recommendation that people should wear face coverings in crowded areas, as the number of cases is high and rising. 

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 15 July

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on Thursday 15 July 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 14 July.  Download a copy of our Council meeting papers [PDF 2.3 MB].

Contact centre update

Our customer contact centre will open from 10:00 am Monday (12 July) as a result of scheduled training.

Contact centre update

Our customer contact centre will open from 10:15am tomorrow (8 July) as a result of scheduled training.

Pharmacy regulator seeks new Chair

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has begun recruiting for an inspirational Chair to lead its Council. The new Chair will work closely with the Council, Chief Executive and Registrar and wider Senior Leadership Group to achieve the organisation’s Vision 2030 for ‘safe and effective pharmacy care at the heart of healthier communities'.

Annual report 2020/21

Our annual report for 2020/21 is now available on our website and summarises our work during the past year.  This year, our focus has been on responding effectively to the challenges and pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

10th anniversary of pharmacy technician registration

Today, 1 July 2021, marks the 10 year anniversary of pharmacy technician registration. The GPhC have sent an email to all pharmacy technicians to thank them for the significant contribution they make to providing safe and effective pharmacy care to patients and the public. Duncan Rudkin, GPhC Chief Executive; Nigel Clarke, GPhC Chair; Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England; and Alison Strath, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland thanked pharmacy technicians in this email.

Update on valproate

Children born to women who take valproate during pregnancy are at significant risk of birth defects and persistent developmental disorders. As such, it is vital that women and girls are dispensed valproate safely. The GPhC is reminding all pharmacy professionals of what they must do to ensure women and girls receive the right information about valproate and the risk of birth defects.